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    U.S. President Urges NATO Allies to Pay Up

    He’s got their backs — maybe. What was hoped to be a reversal of his statements that the alliance was “obsolete,” President Trump instead chided 23 of 28 members for being in financial arrears. Speaking as if the nations owed NATO, the commander-in-chief seemed not to understand that the controversial shortfall is in the nations’ own defense spending, the alliance’s goal being 2 percent of gross national product. What Trump didn’t do is reiterate his commitment to defend any member under attack, as NATO members did by sending troops to Afghanistan after 9/11.

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