President Trump's sharp "focus" on the need for NATO members to contribute more to the common defense is paying off, according to the alliance's top civilian official.
"We know that we all need to contribute our fair share," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a joint press conference at the White House.
Stoltenberg reminded Trump and the public that NATO allies have contributed to the defense of the Untied States, emphasizing that about 1,000 members of allied militaries have died fighting in Afghanistan. But he paired that conventional defense of NATO with a clear olive branch to Trump, who rattled international leaders during the 2016 presidential election by threatening to abandon allies who fail to contribute to the common defense.
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