Trump’s claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will boost defence spending disputed

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

Trump said that would happen over "a fairly short period of time".

Mr Trump said the agreement to bump spending would be worth more than $US33 billion. "He generally dislikes the Alliance and Allied solidarity, the very principle of an alliance and mulitlareral frameworks", she said. It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024.

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense. Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said.

The US President accused Germany of being a "a captive of the Russians" because of its dependence on energy supplies.

Only the USA spends more than 3%, with seven other countries above or near.

"The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing", Merkel said.

There probably wasn't a single, unified metric that would make sense for each country, he said. "I'm a very stable genius".

'Immigration's a very important thing, ' Trump said, after musing on the Brexit topic that he earlier wrote sent the British government into 'turmoil'.

USA leaders for decades have pushed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to spend more on defence in an effort to more equitably share the collective defence burden.

Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the U.S. now spends.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, who also traveled to Russian Federation, said Trump should be prepared for complete denials and well-rehearsed answers when he meets with Putin in Finland's capital.

Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

Asked when exactly the allies would now reach their two percent of GDP target, Trump said it would be over the coming years.

Not exactly what Trump predicted he might say. "You know, he's done so well in his negotiations", he said, "I'm not about to second-guess how he's doing it".

Trump is due to meet Putin on Monday in Helsinki.

"Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent, whereas the United States in actual numbers is paying 4.2 percent."
"There is a great collegial atmosphere in that room, that I don't think they've had for many years".

With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with NATO's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy".

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