Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to increase defense spend to 4 percent

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the USA president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around.

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment". Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the USA president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

While he then went over the top in saying "Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Mr. Trump's rant is an accurate summary of Berlin's role in the Nord Stream 2 project.

"A lot of porcelain's being broken at the moment and I think, unfortunately, it will take a while until things that have been broken are fixed again", said Sven Halldorn, 52.

'It should never have been allowed to happen. They're getting so much of the oil and gas from Russian Federation. When he was candidate Trump, he was talking to large crowds, saying that Europe was taking advantage of us. In which case, why does she think it's appropriate to continue?

He also suggested he could find time to talk to his "friend" Boris Johnson, who left Mrs May's Brexit negotiations in chaos by resigning as Foreign Secretary.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor. Germany should be committing 2 percent to defense like they agreed to at the Wales conference".

Trump and Merkel met later Wednesday on the sidelines of the summit and kept their remarks polite during a photo opportunity with the press. "He generally dislikes the Alliance and Allied solidarity, the very principle of an alliance and mulitlareral frameworks", she said.

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Dr. Claudia Major, a researcher at the German Institute for International Security affairs, said that Germany, in particular, does more for the alliance than spend on its own defense, including deploying troops to Afghanistan, "and eventually, two percent is an arbitrary measurement that does not say much about efficiency and output".

What NATO partners dispute is Trump's repeated suggestion that the USA gets little in return for its commitment to defend member countries if threatened. He also accused member states of failing to pay their fair share of defense spending and of being in debt to the U.S.

The US is by far NATO´s biggest spender in terms of GDP as well as raw expenditure, shelling out some 3.57 percent of GDP on defense in 2017, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures.

Trump did refrain from directly questioning NATO's goal or tearing up a joint communique, as he did during the G7 summit, so fears of the United States president unilaterally bringing the alliance to an apocalyptic end were avoided.

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

"If Russia's economy falters, Vladimir Putin is finished", Hannity said.

Trump predicted as he departed Washington that the "easiest" leg of the journey would be the sit-down with Putin - a comment that did little to reassure allies fretting over his potential embrace of a Russian leader they regard as hostile.

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