Warren on Trump's NATO jabs: He seems 'all too happy' to help Putin

Warren on Trump's NATO jabs: He seems 'all too happy' to help Putin
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that, despite his repeated attacks on allies at the NATO summit in Belgium, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE “seems all too happy” to help Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump kicked off the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday with pointed attacks against the member states, demanding they immediately increase their defense spending, a criticism he's made many times in the past.

He later called on the alliance's members to increase their gross domestic product (GDP) spending on defense from a commitment of 2 percent to 4 percent, though the U.S. spent only 3.6 percent of its GDP on defense last year.

He repeated that many of the nations should reimburse the U.S. for its contributions to the alliance.

"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France,” Trump said. “We're protecting everybody. And yet we're paying a lot of money to protect.”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDem senator ties Kavanaugh confirmation vote to Trump-Putin controversy Full interview: Chris Murphy speaks out on the Trump-Putin meeting and what it means Dem senator: NATO has become 'functionally obsolete' under Trump MORE (D-Conn.) said Trump is sowing “discord inside Europe,” a move that benefits Russia.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerPutin summit puts spotlight back on Trump's tax returns Senate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Bipartisan bill would bring needed funds to deteriorating National Park Service infrastructure MORE (D-Va.) echoed Warren and Murphy, tweeting, “This is *exactly* what Putin wants.”

The Senate on Tuesday voted 97-2 in favor of a motion supporting NATO ahead of the summit, and the House passed a resolution backing NATO by unanimous voice vote on Wednesday.

NATO suspended cooperation with Russia following Russia’s aggressive annexation of Crimea in 2014. Since then, the alliance has repeatedly condemned Russia’s military actions.  

Trump is slated to meet with Putin in Finland early next week, following a visit to the United Kingdom.