Donald Trump: NATO allies should double defence spend goal

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

From left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, US President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attend the opening ceremony of the Nato summit in Brussels.

The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence. Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

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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 past year".

The organization also extended a formal invitation to Macedonia to become the 30th member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, following the recent thaw in relations between the country and its neighbor Greece.

However, several, such as Poland and France, are close to the mark.

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has significant concerns over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany. "Germany should be committing 2 percent to defense like they agreed to at the Wales conference".

Mr Trump opened his argument by questioning why Germany pays billions to Moscow for gas supplies but then demands the U.S. defends it from Russian Federation, saying repeatedly: "I think it's inappropriate".

"The president is going to mention the fact that Europe is becoming more and more dependent on Russian Federation for their energy sources, specifically Germany with their invitation to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Barrasso told Fox News.

Mr Trump is the 12th sitting United States president to make such a trip, and will spend time with the Queen and prime minister before flying to Scotland to spend the weekend at his golf resort. But at the bilateral meeting he exulted: "We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor".

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".

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".

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany", Merkel added. We are going to have to do something.

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