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The Wall Street Journal: Trump rattles NATO allies ahead of summit

U.S. and allied officials are working hard to choreograph a NATO meeting next week that would be a tableau of unity, and show that the 29-member alliance is fighting terrorism, standing up to Russia and working closely to boost military spending.

But President Donald Trump has already disrupted the mood, and raised the stakes, by warning European leaders in a series of blunt letters that they are not doing their share.

“I understand domestic political pressures,” Trump wrote in a letter on June 19 to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “It will, however, become increasingly difficult to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments.

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