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Fox News claims entire US defense budget goes to NATO minutes before Trump lies and says US funds 90 percent of NATO

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Fox News on Thursday falsely suggested that the entire U.S. defense budget is paid to NATO.

In an on-screen graphic titled “U.S. Contributions To NATO in 2018,” Fox News claimed that $706.1 billion was paid to the military alliance.

In fact, $706.1 billion represents the entire defense budget, which is the largest in U.S. history.

Minutes after Fox News made the erroneous claim, President Donald Trump held a news conference where he wrongly asserted that the U.S. has been funding “probably 90 percent of the costs of NATO.”

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According to NPR, the U.S. actually pays about 22 percent of the $2.8 billion in annual NATO expenses.

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