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Trump and Polish President discuss NATO members increasing their defense spending

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


Former President Donald Trump and Polish President Andrzej Duda discussed NATO spending during a dinner meeting at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday, according to a Trump campaign account of the meeting.

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

Duda reiterated this proposal to President Joe Biden during a March 12 meeting, saying, “Two percent was good ten years ago. It now takes three percent to respond to Russia’s full-scale war just beyond NATO’s eastern border.”

During the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Trump and Duda also discussed the war between Russia and Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East, according to the campaign.

Trump, the presumptive Republican Party nominee, has criticized NATO defense spending. In February, the former president said he would encourage Russia to do “whatever it wants” to any NATO member country that fails to meet defense spending guidelines, alarming many leaders in Washington and Europe.

European diplomats are preparing for Trump’s potential return to the White House, CNN reported last week, working to put in place guardrails for NATO and trying to ensure lasting support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.

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