Trump said “because of that initiative” [in Brussels], and none of the reporting clearly supports that claim. As the WaPo story you cite notes: “Many of the 2017 spending decisions that together form the increase announced Wednesday were made before Trump’s improbable November victory.” A rigorous fact-check would look at the long term trajectory of spending and break down when the commitments were made. Without such an analysis, it’s impossible to say whether the “because” in Trump’s claim is correct.

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