Donald Trump says USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong

13 Julio, 2018, 02:21 | Author: Kelly Blake
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As a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels began to wind down on Thursday, President Donald Trump claimed victory over defense spending and reaffirmed US commitment to the alliance.

Romania will spend 2 per cent of its gross domestic product on defence, and Iohannis said other members "will try to spend more than 2 per cent".

In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop previous year".

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 USA taxpayers in funding an alliance focused on discouraging pressure from a resurgent Moscow.

As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago".

Poland's President Andrzej Duda dismissed this fear, telling reporters he and Trump on Wednesday even discussed the US increasing its military presence in Poland. "It has been really unbelievable to see the level of spirit in that room".

The U.S. President was also asked if he would be prepared to recognise Crimea as part of Russian Federation after it was annexed from Ukraine by Moscow in 2014.

Invited leaders from non-NATO countries Afghanistan and Georgia were asked to leave along with most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' retinues of officials, as the heads of state and government of the Western alliance sought to deal with the man whose nation commands much of the budget and forces for Europe's defence. "That the admiration comes from an American president, well, that is unconscionable", Flake said during a Senate floor speech.

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Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and they did ask me if they could buy the military equipment, and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit", he told a news conference.

In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added: "Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state".

He denied that the U.S. President Donald Trump had been aggressive in his demands to make members up their spending.

"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests.

Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian premier who Trump said gave him "total credit" for a successful summit, told reporters: "We had a very frank and open discussion". He added that Putin was "not my enemy" and "hopefully, someday, he'll be a friend. Because I said it was unfair", Trump said, referring to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump said Germany was "captive" to Russian Federation, citing an energy pipeline, and used the summit to repeat calls for allies to increase their defense spending.

Trump was whisked away to an oasis of warm greetings at a black-tie reception at Blenheim, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

Macron said: There is a communique that was published yesterday. "The president has been consistent that he wants to see people spending more on defence in their countries and we are very pleased that we are doing exactly that".

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