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Trump says NATO countries should ‘reimburse’ US for defense costs

AIR FORCE ONE: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused NATO allies of defaulting on their defense spending commitments and indicated they should “reimburse” the United States.

“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made,” he said, tweeting from the air en route to a key NATO summit in Brussels.

“Will they reimburse the U.S.?” In recent months Trump has repeatedly launched invective at America’s partners in the Atlantic alliance, accusing them of freeloading on the US for defense.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.