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 WarrenCarbon tax could give liberals vast power to grow federal government Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that, despite his repeated attacks on allies at the NATO summit in Belgium, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown 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.

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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 MurphyWant to improve health care? Get Americans off of their couches Situation in Yemen should lead us to return to a constitutional foreign policy Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war MORE (D-Conn.) said Trump is sowing “discord inside Europe,” a move that benefits Russia.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerKey House Dem's objections stall intel bill as deadline looms Russia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless 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.