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FP: As NATO Summit Nears, Trump Tells Allies to Pay Up

FP: As NATO Summit Nears, Trump Tells Allies to Pay Up
President Donald Trump (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 June 2018 05:13 PM EDT

President Donald Trump has reportedly sent letters to NATO allies ahead of the July summit in Brussels warning that Americans are tired of funding Europe's defense and want NATO members to carry more of the load.

The only letter made public was the one sent to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and published in the Norwegian newspaper VG.

But Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday that letters sent to at least some members of the 29-nation alliance followed the same general template, and were tailored to the specific country.

The message in all the letters was clear: Those nations were not meeting defense spending thresholds, FP reported.

"[It is] increasingly difficult to justify to American citizens why some countries do not share NATO's collective security," one such letter asserts; FP reported the letter was described by unnamed U.S. officials and foreign diplomats.

"I, therefore, expect to see a strong recommitment by [country] to meet the goals to which we all agreed," it said.

The version being sent to Germany contained some of the harshest language, FP reported.

The summit starts July 11 and features the leaders of all NATO countries, FP noted — and some of them are worried.

"A no-news summit would be a good summit," one unnamed European diplomat told FP. "But at this point, we're all scared sh–less."

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Ahead of the July summit in Brussels, President Donald Trump has reportedly sent letters to NATO allies warning that Americans are tired of funding Europe's defense and want NATO members to carry more of the load.
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2018-13-27
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 05:13 PM
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