President claims victory in battle over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation cash

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally.

President Donald Trump's displeasure with the U.S.'s military allies over their relatively low defense spending is no secret.

"There was a commitment to reverse that declining investment and start moving toward two per cent and that's exactly what we agreed with as a government when we came in". "It's been incredible to see the level of spirit in that room".

"There's a great collegial spirit in that room that I don't think they've had in many years", he said.

The Kremlin yesterday (12 July) rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.

Speaking in Brussels, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said he had not heard any of his European Union counterparts talk positively about Nord Stream 2 and said Washington didn't like it because it didn't promote diversity of supply.

Trump added: "It's also a very expensive thing but that's the least important". Trump then went on to say that Washington was "extremely tough on Russia" under his rule.

US intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow interfered and Trump has said he would discuss it, although he has stated both a willingness to believe Putin's denials and USA agencies.

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked.

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation".

In January, Trump defended his mental health in a series of tweets following the release of tell-all book ire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff.

Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour.

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Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality".

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

In responding to Trump's Wednesday tirade against Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she knew all too well from her childhood in the East what it is like to live under Soviet control.

"The United States does not support pipelines such as Nord Stream 2 and a multi-line Turk Stream that will only increase reliance on a single source of supply", Perry told reporters.

He also renewed a demand that they even double that - though many question what they could usefully spend it on.

Trump has described the spending situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

He refused to confirm earlier reports that he had threatened that the US would pull out if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners did not meet spending commitments.

"If we get along with China and Russian Federation, that will be a good thing, not a bad thing", he added.

"They're here as a prime minister or as a president, and they can't necessarily go in and say, 'This is what we're going to do.' But they're going back for approvals", Trump said, acknowledging the political realities. Before traveling to Helsinki for his meeting with Putin, Trump will have tea with Queen Elizabeth before heading to his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, for the weekend.

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.

"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him".

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

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