United Kingdom to almost double troops in Afghanistan after Trump request

Blanche Robertson
July 13, 2018

Senators symbolically rebuke Trump on national security tariffs Democrats use Mueller probe to attack Kavanaugh MORE (Ariz.) lashed out at President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE's warmer stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday and questioned why the two are meeting one-on-one next week.

The U.S. spends about 3.5 percent of GDP on defense, far higher than other member states. The U.S. provides 70 percent of NATO's budget. It would also be a boon to Russian Federation and its leader, Vladimir Putin, whom Trump will meet on Monday in Helsinki.

The Nato leaders, gathered in Brussels, held an unplanned emergency meeting earlier on Thursday after Mr Trump told allies to immediately increase their defence spending, diplomatic sources said.

"We've received some indications from the White House that Trump could ask for a review in the next few months". I think that's a real possibility, ' he said.

"In Brussels, President Trump made it perfectly clear the U.S. taxpayer is not and will no longer be Europe's ATM machine", he added.

"I brought it up, no one brought it up but me".

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

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The US State Department issued a statement Wednesday warning European companies against investing in Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. British troops ended combat operations in 2014.

Officials said Trump has shown signs of frustration over the lack of progress since he unveiled a strategy last August that committed to an open-ended deployment of USA military advisers, trainers and special forces and increased air support for Afghan security forces.

"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 behavior for this to become a reality", she said. "Because I said it was unfair".

"People are paying money than they've never paid before", Trump said, but failed to provide details on when allied countries would increase their commitment.

Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion". The UK announced on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, that it would almost double the number of troops it deploys to Afghanistan. "After we're at 2 percent, we'll start talking about going higher".

Before departing for England on Thursday, Trump signed a joint declaration that reaffirmed America's role in the alliance.

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