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Sanders to Trump: Instead of Telling Europe To Buy More Guns Like US, "Why Don't We Join Them in Guaranteeing Health Care to All'

Vermont senator responds after president calls on NATO leaders to double military spending

Men and women soldiers from different nations march in the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Leaders from NATO member and partner states are meeting for a two-day summit, which is being overshadowed by strong demands by U.S. President Trump for most NATO member countries to spend more on defense. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Joining other critics warning against President Donald Trump's urging of NATO leaders to double their military expenditures on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders said the president's advice to Europe has it precisely backwards when it comes to national spending priorities.

"We spend $700 billion on defense, more than the next 10 nations combined, and end up with 30 million uninsured and crumbling infrastructure," Sanders declared in a tweet.

"Mr. President," he added, "instead of demanding that Europe spend more on planes and guns, why don't we join them in guaranteeing health care to all."

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