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NATO Allies Have Agreed To Up Their Financial Commitments, Says Donald Trump

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| July 12 , 2018 , 17:31 IST

United States President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that all NATO member nations had agreed to substantially up their financial commitments.

“We made a tremendous amount of progress today. Since last year they have raised an additional 33 billion dollars that has been put up by various countries, not including the United States.” He said.

"Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before," Trump said.

Trump claimed that this happened after he told member countries that he was extremely unhappy.

Asked by a journalist if he threatened of walking out of NATO, Trump said, “I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn’t up their commitments very substantially. I let them know.”

In a series of tweets, Trump went full-blast against NATO member nations, especially Germany on day one of NATO summit.

“Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!” he tweeted.

“On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!” he further wrote.