Friday, 20 July, 2018

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

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Melinda Barton | 12 July, 2018, 22:42

President Donald Trump reiterated the US commitment to NATO Thursday after a contentious meeting in which he said allies agreed to raise defense spending by $33 billion amid his reported threats to withdraw.

At NATO, Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans. Allies would be increasing spending by $33 billion or more, he added.

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense. (It's one of three countries to have passed a law mandating an increase to 2 percent.) Since Trump began advocating for countries to hit that goal, 16 have increased spending relative to GDP by at least 5 percent; six of those countries had already increased by at least 5 percent during the two prior years as well. At breakfast he had spoken of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation because of the two countries' energy relationship, which he labelled "inappropriate".

Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" after his "firm" warnings during the tense two-day meeting in Brussels, during which he singled out Germany for special criticism.

"NATO and other mutual defense agreements have a goal, but until we no longer bear the greatest brunt of the financial burden, we can not and should not consider expanding these commitments", Lee said in the statement.

"Nato is very important but it's helping Europe far more than it's helping us".

Polling from Pew Research Center indicates that many citizens of member nations are loath to deploy their own forces on NATO's behalf while expecting the United States to deploy ours. He also discussed his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin; his efforts to broker a lasting deal with North Korea's Kim Jong Un; and the immigration crisis that has been playing out in Europe.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany".

This is not the first time the USA leader has heaped praise on his own intellect.

"In that we also defend the interests of the United States".

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron said.

During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach.

But the U.S. president has done so in a counterproductive way, setting an impossible target for rapid increases in defence spending, to 2 per cent of GDP by January, threatening that otherwise America will "go it alone". But I will tell you this: at a certain point they're going to call me they're going to say "Let's make a deal".