During a Feb. 6 speech in Florida, President Donald Trump told NATO allies that the U.S. will continue supporting the international organization, even while blasting them for not paying enough money in defense contributions.
"We strongly support NATO," the president told a military crowd at the U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida, according to the Washington Examiner. "We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper financial contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing."
Trump went on to say that "many of them have not even been close" to paying "their fair share," which he urged them to start doing, so that the U.S. can stop funding other nations' security.
NATO members are supposed to contribute 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense, but only five of NATO's 28 countries do so, notes CNN.
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During his speech, Trump also discussed terrorism, saying that it is of the utmost importance to provide the U.S. with necessary resources to prevent future attacks, even those which he said nobody hears about.
"Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," Trump told military members at MacDill Air Force Base. "All over Europe, it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that."
The commander in chief did not cite examples of unreported terrorist attacks but did reference his controversial restrictions on immigration, traveling and the refugee program, which are currently under review in court.
He said that he would work to ensure that "people that love us and want to love our country and will end up loving our country are allowed in" while those who "want to destroy us and want to destroy our country" are not allowed entry, according to WFLA.
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"Freedom, security and justice will prevail," Trump added. "We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country. We're not going to allow it."