July 3, 2018 / 10:37 PM / 5 months ago

Trump will tell NATO nations U.S. cannot be the world's piggy bank

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the start of the NATO summit at their new headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will tell fellow NATO countries at next week’s summit that the United States cannot be “the world’s piggy bank,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Tuesday.

“What the president is going to do is go into these meetings with the mindset to protect the American people, stand with our partners and allies - but as he has said many times before America is thought so often to be the world’s piggy bank. And that’s gotta stop,” Gidley told reporters as Trump flew to West Virginia. Trump has pressured some NATO allies to significantly increase military expenditure.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Eric Beech and James Oliphant; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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