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Rep. Waltz Tells Newsmax: Trump’s Meeting with Duda Shows He’s Not Putin’s Puppet

Representative Mike Waltz (Credits: FOX News Radio)

Representative Mike Waltz, a Republican from Florida, asserted during an interview with Newsmax on Thursday that former President Donald Trump’s meeting with Poland President Andrzej Duda dispels the notion perpetuated in liberal circles that Trump is aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The meeting, held at Trump Tower in New York, lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours and centered on discussions about the conflict in Ukraine and NATO defense spending.

Waltz highlighted Poland’s historical and present animosity towards Russia, emphasizing Duda’s support for Ukraine and Poland’s commitment to defense spending.


Trump (Credits: CNN)

Duda reportedly advocates for NATO countries to increase defense spending to 3%, a stance that aligns with Trump’s longstanding criticism of NATO members who fail to meet the agreed-upon 2% threshold of their GDP on defense.

According to Waltz, countries such as Poland, along with the Baltic states and others, are making remarkable contributions to defense spending, while others, including Germany, France, and Italy, are falling short and relying on American taxpayers to subsidize their social programs.

As a member of various congressional committees, including Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence, Waltz announced his intention to introduce legislation that would require the president to certify NATO member nations’ compliance with the 2% defense spending requirement.

He emphasized that failure to meet this threshold would result in a cessation of funding for Ukraine. Waltz criticized the current state of NATO defense spending, stating that only 11 member states out of 30 meet the 2% threshold.

Poland President Andrzej Duda (Credits: Bloomberg)

He commended Poland for leading by example with a defense spending of 3.9% in 2023, followed by the United States at 3.49%. He urged other NATO countries to fulfill their financial obligations and emphasized the need to prioritize American taxpayers’ interests.

Waltz’s remarks underscore the importance of equitable burden-sharing within NATO and highlight Poland’s role as a staunch supporter of Ukraine and a proponent of increased defense spending. He called for greater accountability and urged NATO members to fulfill their commitments to collective defense.

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