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Trump and Polish President discuss NATO members increasing their defense spending

Trump and Polish President discuss NATO members increasing their defense spending

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Former President Donald Trump stands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at Trump Tower on April 17, 2024 in New York City. Trump met with President Duda, a staunch supporter of Ukraine, as European and NATO leaders prepare for the possibility of Trump winning the presidential election in November and returning to the White House.


previous president Donald Trump And the Polish President Andrzej Duda Trump discussed NATO spending at a dinner meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday, according to a readout of the meeting from the Trump campaign.

the husband “We discussed President Duda’s proposal that NATO countries move to spend 3% on their defense,” according to the campaign. CNN previously reported that Duda called on all NATO member states to increase their defense spending to 3% of GDP, up from the current pledge of 2%.

Duda repeated the proposal to the President Joe Biden During the March 12 meeting, he said: “Two percent was fine ten years ago. Now three percent is needed in response to the large-scale war waged by Russia beyond NATO’s eastern borders.”

The campaign said that during the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Trump and Doda also discussed the war between Russia and Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East.

It was Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party Criticism of NATO's defense spending. In February, the former president said he would encourage Russia to “Whatever the hell they want“To any NATO member state that does not meet defense spending guidelines, worrying many leaders in Washington and Europe.

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European diplomats prepare CNN reported last week that Trump is working to erect NATO guardrails and trying to ensure permanent support for Ukraine in its war with Russia for Trump's potential return to the White House.