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    Trump Closes Summit With ‘I Believe in NATO’ 

    And exhale. After calling Germany “captive to Russia” and scolding fellow NATO members to double their defense outlays, President Donald Trump relieved European leaders with his parting statement at the transatlantic summit. After claiming he’d secured spending increase pledges from member nations — which some disputed — he signed a joint affirmation of the bloc’s commitments and announced, “I believe in NATO.”  Thus ended a raucous two-day event, in which the president’s belligerent public barbs reportedly contrasted sharply with his measured demeanor in official meetings, one hastily convened to address his tone.

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