Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO Admiral James Stavridis: President Trump Can Legitimately Take Credit For European Nations Committing To Meeting NATO’s Target Of Spending 2% On Defense

President Donald Trump greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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"He ought to be encouraged by the fact that European defense spending is in fact going up and I think he can legitimately take credit for that and I think Angela Merkel is going to show him the money in terms of getting up to the 2% budget growth....they are very committed to getting their spending up to 2% and that's a credit to the Trump Administration in my view."

--Admiral Stavridis on President Trump deserving credit for European nations meeting NATO's target of spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense

Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University Admiral James Stavridis, joined Kilmeade & friends to discuss the upcoming meeting between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and how he believes the President can legitimately take credit for Germany and other European nations meeting NATO's target of spending at least 2% of their GDP on defense and why it is in our long term strategic interest for a unified Europe.

Stavridis also addressed lawmakers, who are not happy with President Trump's proposed $54 billion dollar increase in defense spending and the need to decrease the wasteful spending by the Pentagon.

Plus, Admiral Stavridis discusses his new book "The Leader's Bookshelf" which identifies the top 50 books that many senior military leaders found helpful in their journey to being the best leaders they can be.

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