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Trump says NATO members to pay more through trade if they spend less on defense Updated: 2019-12-05 16:45:28 KST

The 2019 NATO summit in London wrapped up after leaders reaffirmed their strong alliance, but U.S. President Trump criticized NATO allies who he thinks spend too little on defense, once again calling them "delinquents."
At the lunch meeting on Wednesday with the members who spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense, Trump reportedly suggested that he would make NATO members who spent less than 2 percent of GDP on defense pay more through trade.
Saying he will "get them on trade" and make them pay one way or the other, Trump again pressured other members.

"These are countries that have met the goal of 2 percent, we have unfortunately a large number that haven't met the goals."

The remarks came amid Trump pressuring not just NATO countries but other allies, including South Korea to pay more for defense.

The U.S. President headed right back home after canceling the end-of-summit press conference, saying he had so many press conferences over the past two days.
Trump also seemed to have been annoyed by other world leaders, calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "two-faced", after a video was unknowingly recorded while Trudeau and other NATO leaders appeared to make jokes about Trump's lengthy press conference held earlier at the summit.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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