Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Morning Joe Rips Trump’s NATO Appearance: ‘We Should Be Frightened’

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value and assailing Germany
Jeannette Daniel | 13 July, 2018, 22:21

Other leaders, however, played down the extent to which they went beyond existing commitments to increase contributions to their own defence, as Trump demanded they share more of what he calls an unfair burden on US taxpayers in funding an alliance focused on discouraging pressure from a resurgent Moscow.

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said.

Mr Trump said it's stronger than it was two days ago.

Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the two per cent guideline within a decade.

"What they're doing is spending - at a much faster clip they're going up to the 2 percent level", Trump said. He accused her nation of being beholden to and a "captive" of Russian Federation for a pipeline deal while at the same time presiding over an economy that seeks to rip off the United States.

During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP.

Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour.

A new poll shows that a plurality of Germans favor a drawdown of US troops, and only 15 percent believe that Germany should raise its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP.

Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked.

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"One thing you need in this alliance is predictability", an unnamed diplomatic official told NBC. "I would say that we view Trump as a negotiating partner and hope that negotiations will be continued (after the summit)".

In the end, leaders left with an awkward consensus, after hours in which Trump had been so aggressive in his approach with allies that reports made the rounds that he might pull the United States out. "Every single United States president has been pushing the point of extra spending since Reagan and they have all been played I am not going to be".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members had already agreed in 2014 to stop cutting their military budgets and set a goal of moving "toward" spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their own defense by 2024.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) following their meeting at Chequers on July 13, 2018 in Aylesbury, England.

Instead, a series of events a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

Trump later tweeted and also confirmed during a press conference in Brussels that 4% percent should indeed be the ultimate target.

Trump pointed to the texts to label the ongoing investigation a "rigged witch hunt", and said the probe "really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation".

It is clear from the past two days that Trump's inclination is to side with those who want to break up the European Union, while he at least regards Nato's survival as a matter for discussion.

"It is a new reality, and you have to look past both spelling and factual mistakes and take Trump serious when he barrels forward with his Twitter", Samuelsen said, according to Politico.

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