Trump to face Merkel one-on-one in private meeting after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tirade

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 11, 2018

'We are protecting Germany, we are protecting France, we are protecting all of these countries and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

"Many countries are not paying what they should, and, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back", Trump said at a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump swipes at NATO spending ahead of summit Pompeo offers support for Taliban peace talks during surprise Afghan visit Trump: China may be exerting "negative pressure" on North Korea MORE defended the current USA strategy and pledged the administration's continued support for the Afghanistan government. The spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, adding: "Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they'd up it or wanted to get involved", Trump said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who meets Trump at the summit, has given political backing to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import more gas, despite criticism from other European Union governments.

"It's going to be an interesting time in the United Kingdom, and it's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump told reporters at the White House today before leaving for Brussels.

Trump is scheduled to meet Merkel at the summit later Wednesday and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation", he argued.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many".

Still, the administration official said, Trump would likely reiterate U.S. support for the NATO treaty's Article 5, a provision that means an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all of them.

Many US presidents have urged European governments to spend more on their militaries.

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However new figures published Tuesday will do little to satisfy Trump's demands - they show that only seven European NATO countries will reach the two percent target in 2018.

But even the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, appears anxious about how Trump will behave at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and in the one-on-one meeting with Putin.

Washington and some European Union countries oppose the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.

"I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but they have to step it up immediately", Trump said, pointing to Germany in particular as a "rich country" that "could increase (defense spending) immediately tomorrow and have no problem". "We're not going to put up with it, we cant put up with it", he said.

"Disparaging long-standing allies at the same time as talking up the country that has wantonly seized territory and redrawn Europe's borders by military force for the first time since World War Two is disconcerting to say the least", said Boudreau.

"I look forward to having words with President Trump".

Britain's summer 2016 referendum saw the leave side prevail by a 52-48 margin - a populist victory combined with Trump's surprise victory in the USA presidential race later in the year that sparked upheaval in the global order.

Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin.

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