NATO: President Trump arrived in Brussels less than 24 hours ago for a NATO Summit and things are already contentious. He briefly met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and reiterated criticism that NATO countries aren’t paying their fair share for defense spending, and slammed Germany for an oil-and-gas pipeline deal with Russia. NPR

THE FACTS: So far this year, only five out of 29 NATO countries, including the U.S., spent 2% of their GDP on defense. NATO estimates that 15 members will meet the benchmark by 2024. CBS NEWS

BACKGROUND: For decades, the United States has been a staunch supporter of NATO, an organization it helped found in 1949 to counter the USSR’s influence and military power. Here’s why President Trump has a far less positive view: CHEDDAR EXPLAINS


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