Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, U.S. President Donald Trump, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pose for a group photo in the park of the Cinquantenaire, during a NATO Summit, in central Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018.

"I do think that having a strong communique and taking the other measures that NATO has called for today will help in dealing with President Putin", the former NATO Allied Commander explained.

Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russian Federation has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by NATO allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russian Federation probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE said Thursday that other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreed to "substantially up" their defense spending commitments.

But he said that since previous year around an additional 33 billion dollars, not including the United States, had been raised and it was now "unnecessary" to withdraw from the organisation.

It followed an uncomfortable first round at the summit where anxious Western allies were subjected to the US president's "America first" approach.

But with tensions in the Western alliance smouldering over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on USA taxpayers, his earlier remarks fuelled concerns among allies for the USA role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War II.

"NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security". "The President set American back this morning".

Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU's top official that America should "appreciate" its allies.

"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

Despite the tensions, Trump and other leaders held a cordial dinner Wednesday night, at which he made no mention of the tension earlier in the day. "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor. All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it". Trump called it "a fantastic meeting", speaking at a news conference before flying to Britain.

TRUMP: "Why was that a year ago?" "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025". Energy exports represent Russia's main source of revenue, and Trump argues that the pipeline undermines NATO's objective, as it's created to counter Russian aggression. In it, he also discussed his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin; his efforts to broker a lasting deal with North Korea's Kim Jong Un; and the immigration crisis that has been playing out in Europe.

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