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NATO Announces Increase in 2017 Spending While U.S. Affirms Commitment to Allies

NATO allies are planning to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent this year. This would be a $12 billion increase over 2016 levels and will escalate military spending by non-U. S. NATO members to $277 billion, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The announcement came in the wake of President Donald Trump’s vocal criticism that NATO allies were not paying their “fair share.”
“I welcome the strong focus of President Trump on defense spending and burden sharing, because it is important that we deliver,” Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
Many of the 2017 spending decisions were made prior to the 2016 presidential …read more

Source: The Washington Free Beacon

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