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Stoltenberg: Allies Have Heard Trump's Defense Budget Message Loud and Clear

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The Secretary-General of NATO assured Thursday that all members of the alliance had heard the president of the United States' calls to increase defense spending, after a series of urgent talks on their financial contributions, EFE reported.

In a speech at the end of a two-day summit, Jen Stoltenberg said the alliance had taken major decisions and praised that since Donald Trump took office, European countries and Canada had increased defense spending by an additional $41 billion.

"All allies have heard Trump’s message loud and clear. We understand that this American president is very serious about defense spending and this is having a clear impact," he said.

Trump has previously denounced that his is one of the few countries that paid the agreed-on 2 percent of the GDP for defense and has called on other members to raise their spending.


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