Donald Trump slams North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over military spending ahead of summit

10 July, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Peskov said it is too early to speak of the rapprochement of the two countries' positions in the run-up to the summit. "I've heard nothing on that score".

"He has this general view that America's allies have been taking advantage of it, and that all of these arrangements are what he likes to call 'bad deals.' Apparently at the G7 summit, he told our partners that NATO was as bad as NAFTA", said Goldgeier, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement Trump wants to terminate.

Will Trump ignore all of this in pursuit of a new U.S. -Russia alliance?

The United States' policy is simple, he added: "We are trying to make the Trans-Atlantic Alliance stronger by having European countries have militaries that are ready".

Ironically, all this is happening as the push to increase defence spending on the part of the Europeans and Canada, begun during the Obama administration, is actually working.

"Trust me, we'll be just fine", Trump said. But only one member has ever drawn upon the NATO treaty's biggest benefit by invoking Article 5, which states that an attack on one is tantamount to an attack on all: the United States, following 9/11.

However, Putin may also seek an outcome in which Trump can declare victory in the hopes that Russian Federation may eventually get what it wants - legitimizing its annexation of Crimea, easing of US sanctions, and concessions on arms control.

Putin complained to Trump about the people who tried to stop the two men from talking, reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis found.


Experts fear the trip could produce a repeat of the dynamics from Trump's last trip overseas, when he admonished Group of Seven allied nations at a summit in Canada before heading to Singapore, where he showered praise on one of America's longest-standing adversaries, North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Trump has said the USA nuclear capability needs renewing.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June. "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Kay Bailey Hutchinson said.

"When Putin will deny any involvement in the elections in 2016, the reject denial challenge".

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis website says that the European Union had a trade in goods surplus with the U.S.in 2017 of US$151.4 billion - not million.

Woody Johnson, Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the president is aware of the planned protests but insisted that Trump "appreciates free speech" in both countries.

Trump has shown his affinity for closed-door meetings already during his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last month.

From Brussels, Trump travels to London, where he will hold government meetings before reportedly spending the weekend at the golf course he owns in Scotland.

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