Trump ramps up NATO criticism ahead of summit

Trump ramps up NATO criticism ahead of summit
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE repeated his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members early Tuesday as he prepared to leave for a NATO summit, saying they “must pay MORE" for defense, while the United States "must pay LESS.”

“The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer,” Trump tweeted.

The president also invoked trade battles with the European Union, saying the U.S. loses “$151 Billion on Trade” with the EU.



Trump in a subsequent tweet demanded that NATO countries pay more for defense.




Trump will depart the U.S. for the NATO summit in Brussels later Tuesday. He will also meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and travel to the United Kingdom during his trip to Europe.

Trump has repeatedly slammed trade deals with EU countries, and last month imposed steep tariffs on the nations’ aluminum and steel imports. He has also threatened to slap a tariff on all European car imports.