BRUSSELS — President Donald Trump appeared to declare victory on Thursday in his battle with America’s closest allies to get them to contribute more money to the NATO alliance. Mr. Trump acknowledged that he had taken a tough stance with the European allies, demanding they contribute more of their national budgets to defense and saying after Thursday’s meetings, “they upped their commitments and I am very happy.” He said the NATO member states had committed to quickly increase their national spending on defense to the benchmark 2 percent agreed previously, pending, in some cases, approvals from their respective legislatures. Mr. Trump took a lot of credit for making a “much stronger NATO than it was yesterday.” “Everybody in that room got along, and they agreed to pay more, and they agreed to pay it more quickly,” the president said, adding that when he came to Brussels at the beginning of the week, the “Untied States was not being treated fairly, but now we are.” “We really accomplished a lot with respect to NATO. For years, Presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the tremendous expense for the U.S. And tremendous progress has been made –… Read full this story
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