Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Trump gears up for meeting with "competitor" Putin after rocky North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

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Jeannette Daniel | 14 July, 2018, 12:06

Trump closed out the tumultuous two-day summit by reaffirming the United States' commitment to the almost 70-year-old alliance and signing the joint declaration, despite spending much of the summit berating allies over defence spending and accusing Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys Russian natural gas.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted tersely to Trump to "cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States".

The US President in an explosive press conference with Theresa May hailed Brexit a "blessing" and declared he is prepared to do "whatever it takes" to maintain the special relationship with the UK. "I have no doubt about it".

While both European cities were centers of espionage, Helsinki specialized in relaying information and acting as a go-between for world's two superpowers. "It will be over a relatively short period of years".

'These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin's government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy, ' McCain said in a statement.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters stressed the indictments against the Russians contained no allegations of intentional involvement by anyone on the Trump campaign.

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Though French President Emmanuel Macron said there was no deal to raise spending above that threshold, now or in the future. And he said Canada has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target. "But you never know what happens, right". Now it's a commitment. "Now it's a commitment, a real commitment". At the same breakfast (and on several other occasions later in the day), Trump blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for an energy deal her country has with Russian Federation, saying they are "totally controlled by Russian Federation", and a "captive" of the country.

Putin and Trump have met twice before on the sidelines of global meetings. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'"

That claim was immediately refuted by French President Emmanuel Macron, who pointed out to journalists that the alliance communique released Wednesday recommitted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to hitting the two per cent target by 2024 - a commitment they made in 2014, two years before Trump was elected.

Trump declared that he had ended the nuclear threat from North Korea, but one senior USA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: "Who's to say he won't come out of Helsinki saying he and Putin agreed that Russian Federation no longer poses a threat to the rest of Europe?".

"Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit".

While Trump said on Thursday that he expects the Helsinki summit to be "just a loose meeting", some at home are hoping it will be a "non-event" with nothing groundbreaking.

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