Trump's Harsh Words For NATO Meet With Pushback From Republicans And Democrats

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

In April, Trump said on Twitter that the USA relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War after Russian officials blocked a resolution at the U.N. Security Council to condemn chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending.

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to. "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending".

Mrs Merkel told reporters: "I am very happy that today we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany".

"On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union".

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during their bilateral breakfast, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

While on his way to the summit, Trump fired off a series of confrontational tweets accusing his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of stiffing the U.S. by not paying their fair share to contribute to NATO's budget, and lamenting the trade imbalance between the United States and the European Union.

"We're protecting everybody, and yet we're paying a lot of money to protect", Trump said.

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"Germany is a captive to Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

Previous US presidents have urged Europe to take more responsibility for their defence and reduce the burden on US taxpayers of maintaining forces in Europe long after the end of the Cold War - but none as bluntly as Mr Trump.

Mr Trump is the 12th sitting United States president to make such a trip, and will spend time with the Queen and prime minister before flying to Scotland to spend the weekend at his golf resort.

The mercurial tycoon said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday "may be the easiest" part of his European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit. "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

"I don't understand why Germany would be so in favor of supporting that particular supply source instead of diversifying", said Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"We call upon [North Korea] to fully implement its global obligations; to eliminate its nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities and ballistic missiles, and abandon all related programmes", the statement said. Moreover, he displays a woeful ignorance of the work his predecessor's administration did to increase European defense spending.

"It's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump said Tuesday morning as he headed to Brussels.

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