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Trump praises Merkel on Germany's spending on defence, NATO
March 17, 2017 / 6:33 PM / 8 months ago

Trump praises Merkel on Germany's spending on defence, NATO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States would respect historic institutions but that other countries must pay their fair share to support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive to speak at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump, speaking at a news conference following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said he thanked her “for the German government’s commitment to increase defence spending and work toward contributing at least 2 percent of GDP” for NATO.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, Emily Stevenson and David Alexander; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by James Dalgleish

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