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 WarrenTreasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday said that, despite his repeated attacks on allies at the NATO summit in Belgium, President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results 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 MurphyCongress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Tell our troops: 'Your sacrifice wasn't in vain' MORE (D-Conn.) said Trump is sowing “discord inside Europe,” a move that benefits Russia.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerPanic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax 'framework' for .5T package 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.