Trump brings 'new sense of urgency' to NATO: Stoltenberg
Trump brings 'new sense of urgency' to NATO: Stoltenberg
Donald Trump takes the fight to NATO
13 July, 2018, 00:46
Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending. At the breakfast, Trump played his favorite accused German of being "totally controlled by Russia", Kimmel said, "Which is also a good one coming from him", Kimmel snarked.
"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks had ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".
Speaking to reporters before departing the White House for the meetings in Europe, Trump said, "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all".
Trump reportedly singled out Germany, Spain and Belgium "to reach two percent spending target" within a short deadline, two sources told Reuters news agency.
"We had a fantastic meeting at the end".
Trump, in a series of tweets from Brussels, said that, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more towards their protection from Russian Federation". The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. Allies will deliver on fairer burden-sharing, he said, pointing out that European Allies and Canada are expected to spend an extra $266 billion on defence between now and 2024.
He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation". The failure of many allies to release a plan to achieve the two percent goal has drawn the fury of the president, even as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders acknowledge they need to be more aggressive in modernizing their military capabilities. In the afternoon, he heads to his next stop: the United Kingdom. In fact, it's a question: Can they make it? "It's really extraordinary that Donald Trump has to be the person to point out that the emperor in Europe has no clothes". Says Stoltenberg: "We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defence spending to 2 percent".
In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending.
It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine a decades-old alliance launched to counterbalance Soviet aggression.
Trump stressed that NATO's budget had been unfair to the United States but now he was sure it would be fair.
A joint summit declaration issued Wednesday underlined NATO's support for Ukraine and its aspirations for membership of the alliance, pending domestic reforms.
Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.
"There is a great collegial atmosphere in that room, that I don't think they've had for many years". Yet Europe is heavily reliant on Russian Federation for energy imports, and the pipeline is certain to continue irrespective of U.S. wishes. Last year, he authorized the deployment of an additional 3,000 U.S. troops, bringing the total to around 15,000. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.
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