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President Trump criticised wealthy northern European state Denmark for its insufficient support of the NATO alliance in comments that follow a war of words over the nation’s mocking dismissal of the President’s interest in Greenland.
The criticism of Denmark’s low military spending — a broken commitment of the European nation reaffirmed as recently as 2014 — came in a series of messages in which President Trump contrasted Denmark’s poor performance with the United States and other European partners. President Trump also broadcast the latest NATO spending figures, showing a host of new nations now paying their share of the expensive of collective defence for the first time.
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President Trump wrote: “For the record, Denmark is only at 1.35% of GDP for NATO spending. They are a wealthy country and should be at 2%. We protect Europe and yet, only 8 of the 28 NATO countries are at the 2% mark. The United States is at a much, much higher level than that.”
Fighting to improve the NATO defensive alliance by encouraging all member states to meet their obligations has been a key issue of the Trump Presidency.
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President Trump was widely criticised for raising the issue of NATO member states for relying on the U.S. military for collective defence while refusing to contribute themselves, with leaders and media figures accusing him of weakening the alliance with his comments. After Trump’s concerns appeared to have its intended effect, with several...
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