Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Obama called on NATO to spend more. But Trump scared allies to accept report cards. | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Obama called on NATO to spend more. But Trump scared allies to accept report cards. | McClatchy Washington Bureau: President Donald Trump sent shock waves across Europe when he railed against the NATO alliance and threatened to hand out bills to those not paying their share of defense expenses.

He wasn’t the first to raise concerns, President Barack Obama also frequently lamented NATO members’ failure to spend enough on defense.

But it was Trump’s undiplomatic rhetoric that got the issue at the top of the group’s agenda this week where NATO’s members are expected to accept the idea of public report cards to make sure everyone’s meeting the requirements of the alliance.

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