The following is an excerpt from Ivana Kottasová | May 25, 2017 | CNN.com |
President Trump revived one of his favorite lines of campaign rhetoric on Thursday, scolding NATO allies for not spending enough on defense.
Trump lodged his complaint during his first official meeting with leaders from the 27 other members of the alliance in Brussels.
"Member nations are still not paying what they should be paying," Trump said. "This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States."
The remarks were surprising because Trump had recently changed his tune on the issue, saying in February that money was "pouring in" thanks to his intervention. He also described the group as "no longer obsolete."
Trump's remarks on Thursday showed that spending remains a sticking point for his administration.
Here's what's going on:
It's true that NATO members are spending more. But the trend started well before Trump was elected, and it will be many years before some members are in a position to hit the group's spending target.
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