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

"US Not Treated Fairly But I believe In NATO", Says Trump

Trump appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply Berlin was funding a pipeline which German Chancellor Angela Merkel says is a commercial venture.

But the vehemence of Trump's on-camera breakfast attack on Germany for its backing of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline, and for being "captive" to Russian Federation came as a shock.

"I think we go into that meeting not looking for so much, ' Trump said".

After the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump hailed a personal victory for his own strategy of complaining loudly that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budgets were unfair to US taxpayers saying, "I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", but added that "It all came together at the end".

After the emergency session, Trump said that the alliance is "very unified, very strong, no problem".

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4% of gross domestic product was above the United States own spending on defence.

The US president made the statement when asked if he had threatened to pull out of the alliance, and whether he thought he could do so without first consulting Congress. EURACTIV broke the story.

"NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security".

May's government is in turmoil over how to exit the European Union following the Brexit vote.

Trump said his summit with Putin, which will take place on Monday in Helsinki, would be a loose meeting with "no big schedule" - but one that could still be productive.

Few had expected smooth sailing at the Brussels summit.

"Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".

According to Politico, Trump warned his allies behind closed doors that they would need to radically increase defense spending or the USA "will do our own thing".

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she knew what it meant to be under Kremlin domination and was glad a united Germany was now able to "make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions". "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

Unsurprisingly, Trump's apparent threat caused dismay on Thursday among European allies.

He denied that the U.S. President Donald Trump had been aggressive in his demands to make members up their spending. Trump called it "a fantastic meeting", speaking at a news conference before flying to Britain. And it would be shocking if he made any concessions to Vladimir Putin, especially given what Russian Federation is doing in Ukraine.

Trump heads to Britain on Thursday, where the government is in crisis over Brexit and where tensions with Russian Federation have spiked after London blamed Moscow for the death this month of a British woman from contact with the Novichok nerve agent. They'll also discuss a new Command Structure, and military mobility. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach.

United States ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that Trump would also recommit to one of the founding articles of NATO - Article 5 - which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on them all. You can only ask so many times.

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