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Trump Leaves 10 Downing Street After Meeting NATO Leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump left Downing Street, the British Prime Minister's official residence in London, Tuesday, December 3.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying his leadership on the issue of burden-sharing for NATO's budget is "having a real impact." He cited a $130-billion increase in defense budgets among the non-U.S. NATO members and said that would increase to $400 billion by 2024. Only 9 out of 29 member countries currently meet NATO’s guideline of spending 2% of their GDP on collective defense. In addition to budget discussions, NATO’s secretary general said leaders would be talking about counterterrorism efforts, arms control, relations with Russia and the rise of China. Stoltenberg also rejected the suggestion that NATO is “brain-dead” saying NATO is active, agile and adapting. “We have just implemented the largest reinforcements of collective defense since the end of the Cold War,” he added.


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