Trump says United States commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong despite criticism

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

Officials at the meeting said Mr. Trump shocked many present and broke with diplomatic protocol by addressing German Chancellor Angela Merkel by her first name, telling her: "Angela, you need to do something about this".

When asked about that, Mr. Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary".

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.

Trump describes it as a "loose meeting" and says "we'll see where it leads".

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield (Ret.) on President Trump's public attack against Germany over its gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation. "It's very detailed", Macron said. It has created a new sense of urgency.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

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Mr Trump raised the idea at a private meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed. Many have already settled their 2019 budgets and the sums involved are huge - even if they wanted to, many would struggle to make useful purchases.

Merkel told reporters there followed a discussion with assurances to Trump that spending was increasing - something he later acknowledged was happening at an unprecedented rate.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations reach their goal to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

"The President set America back this morning", Kerry wrote. "I made clear that we are on this path". Macron said France, which past year spent 1.8 percent on defense, would meet the target by the 2024 deadline.

At the end though, Trump said the military alliance is "very unified, very strong, no problem".

Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel were also singled out by Mr. Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6% of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. "Because I said it was unfair".

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