Trump Says ‘No Problem’ In NATO, Touting Allies’ Spending Pledges

Trump Says ‘No Problem’ In NATO, Touting Allies’ Spending Pledges
July 12, 2018 Elijah James Logan

Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong – in part because of promises from America’s allies to boost their military budgets to 2 percent of their gross domestic product. Trump called those commitments a major victory; they were first made in 2014. After raising the threat of the U.S. leaving NATO, Trump said on Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America’s allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments “very substantially.” “We are doing numbers like they’ve never done before or ever seen before,” Trump said. The number that the president mentioned – 2 percent of countries’ GDP – was in fact a main product of NATO meetings four years ago , when member nations pledged to either maintain the threshold or to meet it by 2024 – a deadline that seemingly still stands after this week’s NATO sessions. “It will be over a relatively short period of years,” Trump said. Still, Trump celebrated his approach to

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