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US ‘subsidising’ Saudi, Asian militaries: Trump

WHEELING: President Donald Trump on Saturday complained that the United States (US) is “subsidising” the military of Middle East ally Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan and South Korea. The comment, at a West Virginia rally for local candidates of his Republican Party, follows similar jibes at European members of the Nato alliance. “When you have wealthy countries like Saudi Arabia, like Japan, like South Korea, why are we subsidising their military?” asked Trump, who pushes an aggressive “America First” policy on trade.…

Obama offers military help to eastern Europe allies worried by Russia

BARSAW: U.S. President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin's intervention in Ukraine. Under attack from critics at home who say his leadership on the world stage has not been muscular enough, Obama unveiled plans to spend up to $1 billion in supporting and training the armed forces of NATO states on Russia's borders. The White House also said it would review permanent troop deployments…