Trump is right about the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deadbeats

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

President Trump called-out European Union member states for their "big tariffs" against USA goods Tuesday, saying America loses over $150 billion in "unfair" trade with the EU as he departed for Europe. That summit turned into a fiasco when Trump took aim at the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, soon after he departed the meeting.

The U.S. spent the most at 3.57 percent of GDP; the second highest spender, perhaps surprisingly, was Greece.

"We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China".

"I look forward to having words with President Trump".

The European Council President said: "I would like to address President Trump, directly, who has been criticising Europe nearly daily". Putin reportedly has been telling Trump that "fake news" and the "deep state" are conspiring against them. "Who would think?" Trump told reporters in Washington before departing.

"There's some concern that the optics could be quite problematic", Kupchan says of this week's Europe trip, based on what happened in Canada and Singapore.

European Council President Donald Tusk directed a message at Trump, saying "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

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The US president said it was "up to the people" of Britain to decide whether Mrs May stayed on in Downing Street.

And he told supporters at a rally in Montana last week that he had told German leader Angela Merkel, "We're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you. because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you". "After all you don't have that many". Trump has been calling for the allies to increase their defense spending, and indeed they have.

On top of that, President Trump is said to be reassessing the USA military presence in Germany, where some 35,000 active duty soldiers are now stationed. Not fair to the USA taxpayer. The United States under President Trump is a proud member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, but if certain European powers fail to get on board with their obligations, they may find a partner in Washington that instead prioritizes reciprocal trade and alliance-building measures with countries that are true to their word and live up to their commitments.

The alliance invoked that concept after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the USA and deploys worldwide forces alongside US troops in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison, meanwhile, emphasized the importance of strengthening the alliance ahead of Trump's visit - indicating some cognitive dissonance with the President.

Eight members are expected to hit the 2 percent spending target by the end of this year, and the organization has steadily increased the number of deployable troops, according to Michaels' reporting.

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