Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

NATO Members Defend Military Contributions Amid Trump's Demands

NATO Members Defend Military Contributions Amid Trump's Demands

Gen. Wesley Clark told CNN's Jake Tapper Wednesday, that President Donald Trump has no real ability to scold Russia President Vladimir Putin. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the USA should pay less.

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the USA and U.K.'s special relationship. Therefore, no delinquency or question of reimbursement. But there are no IOUs to collect from past years.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks had ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

U.S. officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war.

STOLTENBERG: "It's also because of your leadership, because of your carried message".

Sahil Kapur, a national political reporter for Bloomberg, told Matthews that President Trump's statements would have been met with scorn from conservatives if former President Barack Obama had uttered them.

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

The alliance lists the spending an estimated 3.5 percent of its GDP on its military budget this year. They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before...

On Wednesday, he held an "informal" chat with U.S. President Donald Trump, in what a Trudeau aide described as a positive talk focused on trade, the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations, and how the recent election of Mexico's new left-leaning populist president might impact those negotiations. "Because of this, allies are right to shift messaging away from just hard dollars spent on defense", she said.

TRUMP: "Germany is a captive of Russian Federation because they supply (energy)". They got rid of their nuclear.

"I believe in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", he added.

Russia's main source of income is energy exports. But Germany has not "got rid" of either.

"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.

Praising new initiatives to build capacity, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg estimated that as much as 266 billion additional USA dollars would be spent by European allies and Canada on defense by 2024.

Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU's top official that America should "appreciate" its allies. Article 5, the collective-defense portion of the North Atlantic Treaty, has been invoked once: after the attacks of September 11, 2001. According to Stoltenberg, eight countries would meet the 2 percent target this year and a "majority" put forward plans to do so by 2020 - compared to only three countries who were meeting the commitment in 2014.

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