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 WarrenTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that, despite his repeated attacks on allies at the NATO summit in Belgium, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters 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 MurphyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes victory lap in morning news conference Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC Lawmakers call for legislation to force federal officers to identify themselves MORE (D-Conn.) said Trump is sowing “discord inside Europe,” a move that benefits Russia.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerVirginia senator calls for Barr to resign over order to clear protests Trump asserts his power over Republicans Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support 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.