Trump Tirade Sends NATO Leaders Into Crisis Session

14 Julio, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Arnold Perez

"And on that matter, for example, I think it's fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it's not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done", Obama said in a joint appearance in London with then-PM David Cameron.

All NATO countries agreed in a 2014 summit to increase their defense spending to 2% of their GDP by 2024, and most NATO member countries have already laid out specific plans to meet that target.

"What you spend on a military budget doesn't necessarily automatically lead to greater capacity to contribute to NATO's defence", he said. But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the USA from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.

Speaking in Brussels, he told reporters: "Yesterday, I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries spend more immediately.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

And while all member nations have agreed, in principle, to work toward the 2 percent spending goal, each country is ultimately beholden to unique political processes and must consult with their respective parliaments to secure increased military spending.

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Trudeau was not the only leader who seemed at odds with Trump's understanding of what emerged from an emergency meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders that derailed the final sessions of the summit's closing day and set off another firestorm of controversy with the USA president at its centre. Trump said that this goal should be met by January. Some NATO nations, like Turkey, have even chosen to buy Russian over U.S. arms in recent years, a fact that doesn't sit well with the administration.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic mounted a charm offensive at the summit, presenting Trump with a Croatian soccer jersey as giving him plenty of attention.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters she's comfortable with the Trump-Putin summit, but it "depends very much on outcomes".

When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it".

Trump arrived about a half-hour late to a North Atlantic Council meeting with Georgia and Ukraine, two countries who have both been invaded by Russian Federation in the last decade. Yet by 2024, Germany would be spending about as much on defense as Russian Federation does today. "As he said in his interview with The Sun she is a very good person and he never said anything bad about her", Sanders said. The president replied, "I think I probably can, but that's unnecessary".

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.

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. The president said Thursday that he views Putin not as a friend or an enemy but as a "competitor" and repeated his desire for better relations with the Kremlin.

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