Trump attends NATO summit

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Trump: Alliance to NATO remains 'very strong'
01:09 - Source: CNN

What we covered here

  • NATO summit: President Trump attended the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium. He said US allies have agreed to increase their defense spending.
  • Defense budgets: Trump has taken a combative approach to the alliance, repeatedly claiming NATO members have not met their financial commitments.
  • Up next: Trump headed to the UK to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II. On Monday, he’ll have a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
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Secretary of defense says NATO summit was "highly successful" 

One day after President Trump left the NATO Summit where he dealt harsh criticisms towards former allies and called for other member nations to increase their defense spending, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis called the NATO Summit “highly successful.” He also said the summit demonstrated the US faith in its international allies. 

While addressing a group of fellow defense ministers from Adriatic nations at the US Adriatic Charter Defense Ministerial Meeting in Croatia, Mattis said, “Coming out of our highly successful NATO Summit in Brussels, it is clear that the US will continue strengthen our alliances and partnerships in the region, and this is a priority enshrined in America’s recently released US National Defense Strategy.”

John McCain says Trump at NATO was "disappointing, yet unsurprising"

GOP Senator John McCain just weighed in on President Trump’s performance at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Here’s what he tweeted:

Canadian prime minister: We agreed to 2% defense spending

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to directly answer when asked to confirm President Trump’s claim that Canada and others will spend more on defense. 

Trudeau would only