Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

"We've received some indications from the White House that Trump could ask for a review in the next few months".

Despite reports of tensions between Trump and some of the US's closest allies, the president insisted that relations between the leaders remain "very strong". Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

"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".

Flake questioned why Trump continues to "entertain" Putin's denial of Russia's election interference, floated that Russian Federation should be allowed back into the Group of Seven (G-7) and is creating "conflict" within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Credit for those added billions is being claimed fully by the US president. People are paying money that they never paid before. And the United States is being treated much more fairly.

With that, Trump moved on to the United Kingdom, where significant protests against him were expected. "The alliance can rely on the lead by example". "Failure to do so would be a serious indictment of his stewardship of American leadership in the world".

"Because of me they've raised about $40 billion over the past year". Most other nations barely scratch out numbers much above one percent. "I'm very strong on immigration". That would mark a significant milestone for the alliance.

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".

Leaving Nato would be a seismic step, previously unthinkable, that would shake up a western alliance that has endured for more than 70 years.

Trump reportedly singled out Germany, Spain and Belgium "to reach two percent spending target" within a short deadline, two sources told Reuters news agency.

Sen. John McCain issued a stern warning Thursday to President Trump in advance of his summit with Vladimir Putin, saying that it would be "a serious indictment" of Trump's leadership if he does not hold the Russian leader accountable on a range of actions. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion".

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations,"said Sanders".

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday also turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

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