FACT CHECK

Trump's Claims about Europe

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Donald Trump gave his first German interview as president elect to the daily tabloid Bild. Source: Getty Images

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump seems to believe that the European Union has short changed the United States in trans-Atlantic trade and security arrangements.

In an interview with German and British press over the weekend, Mr. Trump complained that trade with Germany was a one-way street and criticized NATO members for not paying enough for their security.

It’s no wonder, then, that the president-elect supports Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Instead of trying to shore up the 28-nation bloc (27 once Britain leaves), Mr. Trump said he expects more countries to head for the exit.

Several of the president-elect’s claims and positions about Europe, however, are based on dubious assumptions.

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