President Donald Trump calls on NATO to boost defense spending

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WARSAW, Poland — “America loves Poland and America loves the Polish people” said President Donald Trump in Warsaw Thursday morning.

Trump praised Poland for honoring its defense spending commitment to NATO saying that “the example you set is truly magnificent.”

He used the occasion of his first visit to Poland to renew his call for other NATO members to boost their defense spending.

In a major address in Warsaw Thursday, Trump said that Poland is “now among the most committed members of the NATO alliance” and says that Poland “has resumed its place as a leading nation of a Europe that is strong, whole and free.”

He’s also touting the benefits of a strong Europe, calling it “a blessing to the west and to the world.”

Trump’s first visit foreign trip was marred by a tough speech to NATO members urging them to spend more on their armed forces.

Poland is one of the five NATO members that spends at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on the military, as Trump has urged.