Videos of the Day: Trump, Macron Agree on Defense Spending

November 10, 2018 Updated: November 11, 2018

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President Donald Trump and France’s Emmanuel Macron agreed on Nov. 10, on the need for more European defense spending.

Trump’s visit is aimed at bolstering the U.S.-European alliance at a symbolic time, with the world marking the centenary of World War One’s armistice.

“We want a strong Europe, it’s very important to us, and whichever way we can do it the best and more efficient would be something we both want,” said Trump.

“We want to help Europe but it has to be fair. Right now the burden sharing has been largely on the United States.”

Macron echoed those sentiments, saying he wanted Europe to bear a greater share of the defense costs within NATO, a point he has made repeatedly since taking office, alongside his ambitions for Europe to have its own military capability.

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Wildfires Rage in California, Trump Blames ‘Forest Mismanagement’

Two monster wildfires are out of control in northern and southern California, having already killed at least nine people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

President Trump commented on the situation.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he wrote in a Twitter post.

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Settlement Reached in Arizona Over Senate Vote Count in McSally-Sinema Race

Arizona Republicans who had alleged the state’s two biggest counties were illegally counting ballots, agreed to settle their lawsuit if rural voters also get an extra chance to fix problems with their ballots. The state’s Senate race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is extremely tight.

The settlement was between Republicans and the state’s county recorders. Arizona’s 15 counties now have until Nov. 14 to address the issue, which state Elections Director Eric Spencer said likely affects less than 10,000 votes out of more than 2.3 million cast statewide.

The Republican lawsuit said the state’s county recorders don’t follow a uniform standard for allowing voters to address problems with the signatures on their mail-in ballots, and that Maricopa and Pima counties improperly allow the fixes for up to five days after Election Day.

The lawsuit settlement in a courtroom packed with more than a dozen lawyers and a host of reporters came a day after Sinema gained a slight lead over McSally in the midst of the slow vote count.

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Florida Officials Order Vote Recounts in Three Races

Florida will hold a machine recount of votes in its neck-and-neck races for the Senate and governorship.

In Florida’s election for the Senate, Republican Governor Rick Scott had seen his lead narrow over incumbent Democrat Senator Bill Nelson to about 12,500 votes, or 0.15 percent, by Saturday afternoon.

In the gubernatorial contest, unofficial results showed Republican Ron DeSantis’ lead over Democrat Andrew Gillum had slimmed to about 33,700 votes, or 0.41 percent.

President Donald Trump has accused Democrat election officials in Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach Counties of corruption in trying to usurp the victories of Republican candidates.

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