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    1/ Sorry, Mr. President, that’s not how NATO works. The US decides for itself how much it contributes to defending NATO. pic.twitter.com/8svkzRBEQb

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    2/ This is not a financial transaction, where NATO countries pay the US to defend them. It is part of our treaty commitment.

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    3/ All NATO countries, including Germany, have committed to spend 2% of GDP on defense by 2024. So far 5 of 28 NATO countries do.

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    4/ Those who currently don’t spend 2% of their GDP on defense are now increasing their defense budgets. That’s a good thing.

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    5/ But no funds will be paid to the US. They are meant to increase NATO’s overall defense capabilities, given the growing Russian threat.

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    6/ Europe must spend more on defense, but not as favor (or payment) to the US. But because their security requires it.

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    7/ US does provide large military commitment to NATO. But this is not a favor to Europe. It is vital for our own security.

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    8/ We fought two world wars in Europe, and one cold war. Keeping Europe whole, free, and at peace, is vital US interest.

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    9/ A strong, united NATO, in which all contribute their fair share to defense, will secure that peace for all Alliance members.

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