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TRUMP: “I will tell you, a big difference over the last year, money is actually starting to pour into NATO from countries that would not have been doing what they’re doing now had I not been elected, I can tell you that. Money is starting to pour in.” — speech to U.S. troops in Sicily on Saturday

 

TRUMP tweet: “Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should. Money is beginning to pour in.”

FACT: Initially, no cash is pouring in and nations don’t pay the U.S. Nor do they pay NATO specifically, aside from regulatory expenses, which are not the issue.

The issue is how much every NATO nation spends on defense.

In spite of the fact that the president is correct that numerous NATO nations have consented to spend more on their military spending plans, that is not an aftereffect of the NATO summit this previous week at which Trump squeezed them to do as such. The nations concurred in 2014 to quit slicing their military spending and to begin expanding it “toward” 2 percent of their GDP by 2024.

That objective was set amid the Obama organization and is not as much as an ironclad responsibility.

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TRUMP: “But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years, and not paying in those past years.” — remarks to NATO on Thursday

 THE FACTS: Members of the organization together are not financially past due in their military spending. They are not paying off debtors to the United States, or neglecting to meet a present standard, and Washington is not attempting to gather anything, in spite of the president’s dispute that they “owe gigantic measures of cash.” They only dedicated in 2014 to progress in the direction of the objective of 2 percent of GDP by 2024.

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