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Trump begins NATO news conference with an egregious lie

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12.07.2018

Trump began his news conference at the end of the NATO summit in Belgium on Thursday with a blatant lie about what percentage of the alliance’s funding the United States covers.

“The United States has been paying a tremendous amount — probably 90 percent of the cost of NATO,” Trump said. “So I let [other countries] know… that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitment, yeah, and now we’re very happy, and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong NATO — much stronger than it was two days ago.”

Trump’s claim about the United States paying “probably 90 percent of the cost of NATO” is egregiously false. The United States, which spends........

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