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Trump said again this morning that the U.S. has been paying "probably 90% of the cost of NATO." The U.S. has been paying 22% of actual NATO costs, spending 72% of the total defence spending of the alliance.
Trump added later, "The United States was paying for anywhere from 70 of 90% of it, depending on the way you calculate." The "depending on the way you calculate" thing is often what he says when he knows there's a correct figure he's not using.
Trump said this morning: "Our farmers have been shut out of the European Union." U.S. farmers have made $23.1 billion in sales to the European Union over the last two years. The E.U. is the fifth-largest agricultural export market for the U.S.
Claiming credit, Trump said, without providing specifics, "Germany has agreed to do a lot better than they were doing."
Trump said this morning, "The United States, depending on how you calculate it, was at 4.2% (GDP on defence)." The NATO annual report released in March said the U.S. was at 3.57%. The update released this week says the U.S. is at 3.50%.
"My father's from Germany," Trump says. His father was born in New York City. His grandfather was from what is now Germany.
Asked what he'll do if Germany and Canada don't go to 2% GDP on defence, Trump says, "They will. I have no doubt about it. They all made commitments, and they will be up to 2%. It'll be over a relatively short period of years." Trudeau this week explicitly rejected going to 2%.
Asked if he'll recognize Russian control over Crimea, Trump blames Obama for the Russian invasion, says Russia has made big investments in Crimea, says he's "not happy about Crimea," then says he "can't tell you" what happens next.
"I think they like me a lot in the U.K.," Trump says. As of January, polls showed 11% of people in Britain thought he was a good or great president, 67% poor or terrible.…
Asked what his message on Brexit is, Trump promotes his business: "I have no message. It's not for me to say. I own a lot of property there. I'm going to Scotland while I wait for the meeting I have - Turnberry in Scotland, which is a magical place, one of my favourite places."
For the sixth time in the last two weeks, Trump falsely claimed Ronald Reagan didn't win Wisconsin: "One of the states we won, Wisconsin - I didn't even realize this until fairly recently - that was the one state Ronald Reagan didn't win when he ran the board a second time."
For the ninth time, Trump falsely claimed this year's military budget is the largest ever: "Just had the largest military budget ever, $700 billion." Obama signed a $725 billion version of the same bill in 2011.
What's special about this version of the lie is that Trump claims he just recently learned this non-fact.
Asked about Iraq, Trump said, "I was very much against that war. I never thought it was a good thing." Asked in 2002 if he supported invasion, he said, "Yeah, I guess so. I wish the first time it was done correctly." Day after invasion, said it looked like "tremendous success."
To end the press conference, Trump tarred the entire continent of Africa as "vicious and violent," saying, "Africa, right now, has got problems like few people would even understand. They have things going on there that nobody would even believe in this room."
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