Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to increase defense spend to 4 percent

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she had "experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good". He said he successfully pushed for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more of their budgets on defence and at a faster pace than expected. "They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not", the president said.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all, who would think?" he said.

Before he visits with Putin, Trump will visit London and the United Kingdom - where many large protests are planned against his policies.

"It's got to be more than a photo op".

"We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine."

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. He is a great diplomat and a great representative for us having been ambassador to.

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Trump's first day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance was contentious, with Trump demanding nations spend far more on defense and accusing Germany of being "totally controlled" by Russian Federation because of a pipeline project. "And when you have that occurring, especially with Russia's activities, yeah, it undermines our alliance". Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, full champagne flute in hand, came over to greet the first lady, and the two talked for several minutes.

As for what he and Putin will discuss, Trump said Syria will be a main topic - as will Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Mr. Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation. And he called alliance members "delinquent" on their contributions to NATO's budget.

In Saudi Arabia, the officials discussed U.S. oil sanctions to deny Iran revenue, maintaining a well-stocked oil market to guard against volatility and helping partners find alternatives to Iran oil, the official said. Some were less enthused by how he delivered it, however. Energy exports represent Russia's main source of revenue, and Trump argues that the pipeline undermines NATO's goal, as it's created to counter Russian aggression. Jim Risch of Idaho, the expected next chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee if Republicans hold control of the Senate.

"They are not free loaders", said Smith. John McCain at home in Arizona, agreed.

But Trump seemed to be anxious to do a victory lap after his antics this week, and that meant the world got to see the Full Trump at a news conference in a way we haven't seen in some time. The president replied, "I think I probably can, but that's unnecessary".

The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Mr. Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland.

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