Skimm'd while pretending to be healthy

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JULY 12, 2018


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The Story

President Trump came to the NATO summit with a bone to pick.


Trump's been feeling icy towards NATO for a while. He once called the military alliance of 29 countries "obsolete." But his main beef is with defense spending. And yes, it definitely came up at the summit.

Tell me about that.

Each member country is supposed to be working towards putting 2% of its GDP towards defense spending. They have until 2024 to get there. The cash would be used for things like intelligence, surveillance, and ballistic missile defense. Only five countries – including the US – have reached the goal so far. And Trump doesn't love the fact that the US is putting up so much cash. Yesterday, he proposed that countries should up their contribution to 4%. And said some NATO allies owe the US money.

What are people saying?

Supporters say the US has been taken advantage of for years, and that NATO allies should finally pay up. Critics say that the 2% goal is just a guideline. That it goes towards individual defense, not a joint NATO bank account. And that the US isn't owed a thing.

Anything else?

Yep. Trump also had some words for Germany. He called out the country for being a liiittle too reliant on Russia for natural gas. And said it's something NATO should look into. German Chancellor Angela Merkel wasn't amused.


Trump has been pushing NATO allies to increase their defense spending since last year. And he's gotten some countries to follow through. TBD if his new tactic works or if the summit ends today with some bad blood.


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What people are watching…

Nevada. An execution there was blocked by a judge just hours before it was supposed to happen. You've been hearing about this because the state was planning to use fentanyl (an opioid) and two other drugs. But earlier this week, a pharma co behind one of the drugs sued the state, saying it never wanted its drugs to be used in "botched" executions. And Pfizer – who's reportedly behind the fentanyl – asked the state to return it to the co last year. Now, a judge said 'that can't be good' and called off the execution.

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