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Trump Meets NATO Chief, Calls to Raise Defense Spending

WASHINGTON: The US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that NATO member nations had improved in paying their share of the alliance’s costs but said he hoped to see more. 

“We’ve worked together in getting some of our allies to pay their fair share. It’s called burden sharing,” Trump said at the White House as he met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump has often complained that the US bears too much of the military alliance’s financial burden. When asked about German defense spending, Trump said, “Germany honestly is not paying their fair share. They’re not paying what they should be paying. They’re paying close to 1 percent.”

Trump said he wanted to see NATO members pay more than 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for defense. “We are protecting countries that have taken advantage of the United States,” he said.

On a question, Trump confirmed its intention to cut aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as he accused the three Central American countries of arranging migrant caravans to the US.

If Mexico does not stop migrants from transiting across its territory, and if Congress does not act, he said, “the border´s going to be closed, 100 percent.”