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Obama departs for NATO summit

Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 01:10

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves Washington for a NATO summit where the long-standing alliance is facing growing criticism that Europe is not pulling its weight. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama will seek to show a united front with his European partners at the NATO summit in Warsaw, but the long-standing alliance is facing growing criticism that Europe is not pulling its weight in the coalition. While U.S. officials have complained for years that other NATO members need to spend more on defense, attention to the issue has intensified after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused NATO allies of "not paying their fair share" and called the alliance "obsolete." Of the 28 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, only five countries are meeting its target of military spending equal to at least 2 percent of gross domestic product, according to NATO figures. Those countries are the United States, Greece, Poland, Estonia, and the United Kingdom. In the wake of Britain's vote to exit the European Union, the White House has stressed its relationship with Britain and the alliance remain unchanged. But Britain's decision, and the accompanying economic uncertainty, could widen the gap in defense budgets in the alliance.

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Obama departs for NATO summit

Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 01:10