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NATO's 2% of GDP spending goal paints partial picture

By Marc Champion Bloomberg News

This article was originally published July 12, 2018 at 3:31 a.m. Updated July 12, 2018 at 3:31 a.m.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis (left) talks with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel as they arrive Wednesday for an event in Brussels. The U.S. is pressuring NATO allies to spend more on defense.

President Donald Trump has used NATO's 2 percent target for members' defense spending to argue that the U.S. gets a bad deal from allies. But internally, NATO doesn't use the figure as a stand-alone measure of what makes a good ally.

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