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DEFENSE – PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS NATIONS MUST PAY ‘FAIR SHARE’ FOR NATO

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At the joint press conference on Friday afternoon with Chancellor Merkel, President Trump once again put pressure on the NATO allies.

After confirming the strong commitment of the United States in NATO, he declared that the nations must pay a “fair price” to benefit from the protection of NATO, with Germany in mind, repeating its commitment of electoral campaign to make pay more to the nations to benefit from this protection mainly financed by the United States and without counterpart.

At this conference the Chancellor appeared smiling, which was not the case of the American President, adding the body language to the speech.

The visit of the Chancellor at the White House is part of the normalization of relations between the first European power and the United States, the Europeans having strongly criticized the positions taken by President Trump in terms of foreign policy and defense either during the election campaign or even since taking office on 20 January.

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Let us remind that all NATO allies are concerned by these positions. For example, Luxembourg will increase its military budget from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6%, an increase of 50%. It is considering the purchase of drones and helicopters to monitor airspace.

 

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