Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

13 July, 2018, 23:28 | Author: Wade Massey
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"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in the presence of reporters.

He claimed in a press conference that "Yesterday I let allies know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening". Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. "It has been really wonderful to see the level of spirit in that room".

Trump last week told senior aides he was going to make threats about defense spending and that he was determined to flip the table over before he left, a senior administration official said ahead of Thursday's drama, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive summit planning.

"The commitment was at two percent and that'll be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

The news of a dozen more Russian indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has prompted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to urge President Trump to nix his upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin, who has proven himself to be an "adversary".

Journalist Tom Newton Dunn, Trump's interviewer, said the president seemed "sensitive" about the inflatable "Trump baby" being flown over London and its accompanying protests, set for Friday. But he did not rule out recognising Rissia's annexation of Crimea.

Trump told reporters on Thursday that he would raise the issue of election meddling with Putin next week.

Mr Trump has long complained that European countries do not spend enough on their own defence, leaving the United States to shoulder an unfair burden for protecting the continent.

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In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session. He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries had agreed to his demands to up their military spending. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his already has plans to spend more. "If he said something on the side I don't know", Conte said.

Macron said he had just agreed a 2019 budget with parliament so changing it was unrealistic - a point Trump later said he had accepted though he still expected all members to hit the 2 percent target in the next years, and then possibly double that.

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. "I don't know what the mitigating circumstances are", Negroponte, who also served as USA ambassador to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "Rising". Then, in a closed-door session with allies, he suggested that even spending the agreed-upon 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense wasn't enough. USA defense spending accounts for roughly 67% of this, but it's also true the U.S. has the highest defense budget in the world by far and this is linked to both its strong economy and internal politics. "I'm sorry you're spending so little", one of the officials said.

"More powerful than it was two days ago", he told a news conference Thursday before leaving Brussels en route to the United Kingdom.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump will hold several of his key meetings outside of London, participating in a formal arrival ceremony and attending a dinner with UK Prime Minister Theresa May outside of London, in Oxfordshire.

"We need to show the world what millions of people in this country think of the bigotry and the hatred that he represents", protest organizer Owen Jones said. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

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