President Trump continued to criticize European allies following the first day of the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, tweeting that members like Germany "must pay 2 percent of GDP IMMEDIATELY," though the commitment allows them until 2024 to meet that number. Trump additionally told members that he wants them to spend even more on defense — 4 percent of their GDP, he said Wednesday — though many nations are not yet hitting the 2 percent mark. The U.S. currently spends around 3.5 percent of its GDP on NATO defense. "The U.S. is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on trade," wrote Trump, doubling down on his claim that Germany is "captive to Russia" through energy spending.
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