Here’s how NATO’s budget actually works

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President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the NATO alliance has often been misleading, and he has distorted how the historic alliance is funded and operates.
NATO is based on the notion of collective defense, which also requires collective spending.
Trump’s questionable remarks on NATO have led to criticism from leaders at home and abroad.

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized NATO over how the alliance is funded and pressured other member states to increase defense spending.

In the process, he has made a number of misleading claims about NATO, distorting how it works and why it exists in the first place

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