FACT CHECK OF THE DAY
Trump Inaccurately Claims NATO Spending Is Increasing ‘Only Because of Me’
President Trump said he had single-handedly raised “vast amounts of money” for NATO while at the military alliance’s headquarters last week, a visit he described as “great.”
By Linda Qiu
July 17, 2018
WHAT WAS SAID
This is exaggerated.
Mr. Trump’s claims misrepresent how the alliance of 29 nations works, and exaggerate his role in their military spending.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization members have not agreed to give the alliance more money, as Mr. Trump’s comment about “raising vast amounts of money” would suggest.
Rather, each NATO member pledged in 2014 to spend 2 percent of its gross domestic product on its own defense each year by 2024. During the summit meeting in Brussels last week, members reaffirmed their commitment to that pledge.
Currently, only five countries — the United States, Greece, Estonia, United Kingdom and Latvia — are meeting the 2 percent goal, though eight are expected to this year.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/us/p ... rease.html
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