Trump, Merkel trade barbs over Russian Federation at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

12 July, 2018, 08:19 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Russian Matryoshka dolls depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are on sale in the Ruslania book store in Helsinki on July 9

"The 2 percent figure refers to what each country spends on its defense, as a share of that country's GDP". But Trump's demands threaten that outcome.

Burns, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, said, "Trump is right to push this issue of defense budgets because Europeans do need to spend more, particularly Germany, on their national defense".

Her endorsement of the Trump-Putin meeting attempts to cut off awkward questions about Trump's commitment to Nato, an organisation he has openly and repeatedly criticised, which has dogged the ongoing Nato summit and threatened to undermine Trump's visit to London later this week.

In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop previous year". "They're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

The president received a lot of attention and criticism today when he started the summit with America's allies in Brussels by attacking Germany in the middle of a photo-op.

"This has gone on for many presidents, but no other president brought it up like I bring it up". "Nor is the USA spending more because allies are spending less. our defense spending is a national decision and is determined by our national security and defense needs". He stayed close to members of his delegation, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, before eventually engaging in a brief round of backslapping with others, including again May, before taking his seat. In 2017, Germany got more than one-third of its energy for electricity from coal and almost 12 percent from nuclear plants.

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

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He saidthey discussed defense investment and trade, adding: "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany". Trump said: "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".


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"I don't think we're going to be changing defence policy on the back of Tony Abbott's commentary on the US-Australia alliance", Senator McKeznie told Sky News.

"Countries falling short means not that they owe anyone money, but that countries have weaker militaries than we would like", added Stephen Saideman, a professor at Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

"How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the country you want protection against?"

But Stoltenberg pushed back, stressing that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have been able to work together despite their differences. In which case, why does she think it's appropriate to continue?

Trump was due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summit later in the day and will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying "I don't agree with that. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany". The spending goals agreed upon by member states have to do with their individual defense budgets rather than the alliance as a whole.

"He should concentrate on his own country before he judges others", added Nicole Urban, 26, echoing a widespread sentiment among Germans.

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