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the United States plays were very big share of NATO amid heightened tensions between the US and NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday met with president Donald Trump ahead of Wednesday's highly anticipated speech to a joint session of Congress U. S. lawmakers invited the need to leader last month in a rare bipartisan news omitted often on public feud between the security organization in trump relations have been strained since even before trump entered the White House said it's obsolete and it's costing too much trump's comments then in since taking office now unfortunately we pay much more than two percent which is probably unfair have prompted concerns about whether in an emergency the U. S. would abide by natives article find the principle that an attack against one ally should be seen as an attack against all NATO forms some seventy years ago in the wake of World War two to counter potential aggression from Russia its continued strength has taken on new urgency amid signs Russia is working on several fronts to beef up its military and amid reports Moscow was stepped up interference in western elections as special counsel Robert Muller this recent probe founded did in the twenty sixteen presidential race Russia denies troubles deepened worries with his calls for closer ties with Russia it's an honor to be with you trump's chief demand has been that NATO member nations pay a greater share of defense costs which he said was improving %HESITATION we work together and getting some of our allies to pay their fair share fiscal burden sharing and %HESITATION as you know when I came it wasn't so good and now it's the catching up last month NATO's twenty eighteen annual report shows that its members had moved closer to a pledge to spend two percent of national economic output on defense every year , in the oval office Stoltenberg city view the increase as a positive sign actually in North America United States and Europe we are doing more together than although not done for many many years %HESITATION the that's old shows the strength of this alliance Goldberg will make his case to Congress at eleven AM on Wednesday