Friday, 20 July, 2018

Trump claims win after threatening to quit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during tumultuous summit

Trump claims victory at tumultuous NATO summit, shifts tone after lashing out at allies Trump Offers to Help NATO Members Buy US Weapons
Melinda Barton | 13 July, 2018, 17:29

When pressed to explain Trump's claims he credited the president with a "new sense of urgency" among allies to "redouble our efforts" to increase defence spending, but did not report any new cash or time commitments.

Trump: "Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed".

The president attacked "delinquent" US allies upon arriving at the summit in his public remarks, returning to old criticism of the alliance centered around foreign nations' contributions to the military organization.

"Prior to previous year, where I attended my last meeting it was going down, the amount of money being spent by countries was going down and down very substantially", he said.

"So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up". Trump's staff has opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are expected to protest the president's every move during his two-day stay in the United Kingdom.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Trump said, according to The Sun.

Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, dismissed the significance of the protests, telling Fox News that one of the reasons the two countries are so close "is because we have the freedoms that we've all fought for".

He claimed in a press conference that "Yesterday I let allies know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening".

Heads of state signed a communique in which they "reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all aspects of the Defence Investment Pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales summit".

"I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius", he said.

Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked.

After his meetings in and around London, Trump will fly north for a round of golf at his Turnberry resort in Scotland.

"There is no feeling among Western Europeans that there is a military, economic or political threat by the Russian Federation, which would justify the behaviour of President Trump in Brussels". "Not acceptable! All Nato Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on paper the summit was a success because of binding commitments to present a plan for increased defense spending and the development of the long-awaited Southern Strategy.

Excerpts from Trump's bombshell interview were published Thursday just as the president was scheduled to dine with May at the palace.

Trump stressed that NATO's budget had been unfair to the U.S. but now he was sure it would be fair.

THE FACTS: Trump has said this before; it's not true. But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money.

"I think it's fair to say that here in my office the team recognized what was coming and the importance of speaking out on it from my perspective and from the district's perspective", Curtis told Fox 13.