Trump hammers NATO allies on defense spending

Trump hammers NATO allies on defense spending

US President Donald Trump arrived at the home of NATO headquarters with a seemingly singular preoccupation: allies who aren't sharing in the burden of providing for the collective defense.

"2 percent. That's the amount NATO members are expected to spend on defense as a share of their economies. Only four of 29 allies meet that target," USA Today cited him as saying.

"Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?" Trump tweeted. 

Trump has tied the issue of defense spending to his larger trade wars, saying the United States should not be subsidizing nations with which it runs a trade deficit.

"The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe, and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it," Trump tweeted. "Just doesn’t work!"

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