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President Donald Trump rebuffed a reporter during Thursday morning’s press conference at the NATO summit, declaring NATO “stronger” after Trump’s push for countries to meet their spending commitments before his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump held an unscheduled press conference shortly before leaving the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday morning.
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One reporter asked Trump if he was helping Putin to further disturb things in Ukraine and Georgia by “creating a scene” at NATO.
“Well if you consider putting up tremendously additional funds at a level that nobody’s ever seen before, I don’t think that’s helping Russia,” said Trump. The U.S. President pushed even harder at this summit than he did at the 2017 summit for NATO partners to meet their previously agreed upon two percent spending threshold.
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President Trump expressed to NATO partners on Wednesday that he was “extremely unhappy with what was happening,” he told the reporters Thursday.
Trump said that by the end of the conference NATO partners had agreed to make “substantial” spending increases to meet their two percent of GDP spending obligations at a faster pace than previously agreed upon.
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“I think that NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago,” he told reporters at the press conference. “I think that NATO was not doing what they were supposed to be doing in a lot of the countries and we were doing much more than we...
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