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

Trump Says U.S. Allies Agree to Raise NATO Defense Spending

Trump Says U.S. Allies Agree to Raise NATO Defense Spending

The US makes up roughly two thirds of total alliance defence spending, but that includes all American military expenditure around the world, including domestically.

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets while US taxpayers - funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income - foot much of NATO's bills.

Senators symbolically rebuke Trump on national security tariffs Democrats use Mueller probe to attack Kavanaugh MORE (Ariz.) lashed out at President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE's warmer stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday and questioned why the two are meeting one-on-one next week.

A year after fueling doubts about whether Washington would defend allies who refuse to pay their fair share, Trump launched into the two-day summit in Brussels by berating Germany, among others. "Every single USA president has been pushing the point of extra spending since Reagan and they have all been played I am not going to be". "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation", he said.

The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Mr. Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland. And she has been a steadfast defender of Ukraine, which saw its Crimean Peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014 and continues to contend with Russian-backed separatists in its eastern region. His meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland next week is generating widespread concern. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".

US President Donald Trump on Thursday repeated his claim that he is a "very stable genius".

It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip. Hopefully, someday, maybe he'll be a friend.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In an impromptu press conference this morning, Trump said he had "told people he would be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially".

Macron said: There is a communique that was published yesterday.

But just days out from a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the mercurial United States leader threatened to throw the transatlantic alliance into disarray.

As the United Kingdom grapples with its own future in the European Union, I hope that President Trump's visit will help to solidify the long friendship between our two great countries. He linked calls for higher defence spending to complaints about Germany's trade surplus and renewed a threat to raise tariffs on EU-made cars if trade terms do not change. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it".

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