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Eric Trump: Countries Not Paying Up on NATO Funds Not 'Good Allies'

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 10:00 AM

President Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump, said Thursday his father will be the "greatest ally in the world" to Europe, but at the same time, when countries fail to contribute their fair share for defense, "frankly, they're not being great allies."

"Europe and the United States have the same values," Trump told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" show. "We have largely the same beliefs. We are common people, you know? We've always worked so well together.

"But there is an element of abuse that we've seen throughout the years where people didn't contribute their fair share, where they relied on the United States."

Trump, speaking to the network after his father's speech in Poland, noted that the president praised the ally for holding up to its commitment to NATO, and that sends a sign to the rest of the world, Trump said.

"Listen, my father's been a very direct person," said Trump. "He wants to take care of this country. He wants to take care of Americans first. And quite frankly, that's his job as the president of the United States."

The United States does not need to be "the police force of the entire world," he continued, and it doesn't need to fund all other various world initiatives.

"Everybody can contribute in their own way, and we can work together in a great way," said Trump, and if somebody fails to do so, then quite frankly, they're not being great allies."

The president was greeted by a cheering crowd of thousands in Poland, and his son said that his father decided to visit the country on his way to the G-20 summit in Germany because it is an ally that sometimes gets "overshadowed."

He noted that his father also talked about energy independence, and that he has been releasing energy and exporting oil to Eastern Europe to ease the stranglehold its dependence on Russian oil has caused.

"The possibilities that opens is tremendous," said Trump. "My mother grew up in the Czech Republic and my grandmother actually still lives over there. It's amazing to see how that strangles a country . . . It helps them and also helps the United States. It's a win, win for both people, and I think that's really fantastic."

The president will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, and his son said he hopes the United States will have a "great relationship" with Russia as it is one of the world's major powers.

"I think it's also a great opportunity for them to size themselves up, either they get along great, and they have a great relationship with two countries, or they don't."

Trump also complained that the media is not giving enough attention to former President Barack Obama doing "absolutely nothing" about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"They weren't willing to look at a candidate who wasn't a good candidate, wasn't a compelling candidate, a party that had no message, a party that is now defunct," said Trump. "I've said this a million times on every other station but it is an absolute hoax. An absolute witch hunt."

Meanwhile, the Dow and the S&P are at all-time highs, Trump said.

"Open up your 401(k)s," he said. "Look at where they were versus where they are now. They're up 15, 20 percent in many cases."

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President Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump, said Thursday his father will be the "greatest ally in the world" to Europe, but at the same time, when countries fail to contribute their fair share for defense, "frankly, they're not being great allies."
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