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Trump on NATO burden sharing: ‘We are the schmucks’ https://t.co/PzeYZihto5

Trump on NATO burden sharing: ‘We are the schmucks’ https://t.co/PzeYZihto5

STUTTGART, Germany — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the coming NATO summit will be a venue for confrontation with member states, just hours after his top representative at the alliance played down tensions by saying the goal of the summit was to showcase unity. “We are the schmucks who pay for the whole thing,” Trump said during a rally in Montana when discussing the American role in NATO. Trump, who is bound for Brussels next week for a meeting of NATO heads of state, again singled out Germany when he called out Chancellor Angela Merkel by name. “You know, Angela, I can’t guarantee it, but we’re protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don’t know how much protection we get by protecting you,” Trump said. The president’s comments came after the U.S.’s top representative to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, played down recent reports t...

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