Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies agree to boost defense spending

Leroy Wright
July 14, 2018

Trump reiterated Friday that he is not going into the meeting with high expectations, but he said the two leaders would also discuss "a number of things", including cuts to nuclear weapons arsenals. We've been extremely tough on Russian Federation'.

Despite the backlash, the summit is still scheduled, as planned, for Monday in Finland.

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Graham said May's approval of the Putin meeting is still important since Britain is America's closest ally as well as similarly a rival of Russian Federation.

"I thanked President Trump for his support in responding to the appalling use of a nerve agent in Salisbury, after which he expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers", May said after talks with the USA leader at the Chequers residence in Buckinghamshire on Friday.

Trudeau says that while the two per cent target remains a legitimate way of measuring the commitment of alliance members, he considers tangible and consistent resources and leadership, which Canada continues to demonstrate, to be more important.

"It's a horrific thing being done where you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany... into the coffers of Russian Federation when we're trying to do something so that we have peace in the world". "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

Trump had opened the first day of talks in Brussels on Wednesday with a public diatribe against Germany, the second biggest state in the Western defence alliance, criticising its reliance on Russian gas imports and failure to spend more on defence.

"We have to start thinking about how we create societies that look at different stories as opportunities to learn and grow within your societies, rather than trying to keep the challenges of the world outside of your borders". And on Friday, he voiced skepticism that the meeting with Putin would result in a confession about election meddling.

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Donald Trump arrives in the United Kingdom on Thursday for his first visit as president, during which he will meet the Queen and Theresa May and visit Scotland.

Yet, pushing back against reports he's too soft on Russia, Trump said during his press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday that his policies have put Russia in its place. "And you'll be seeing that and I guess you'll be hearing that a little bit later".

"You know, the two per cent was a range, a goal, it wasn't something they were committed to".

During the trip, Trump has questioned the necessity of the alliance that formed a bulwark against Soviet aggression, tweeting after a day of contentious meetings: "What good is North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars for gas and energy?"

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in 2014 committed to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defence by 2024, but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has estimated that only 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.

It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip. The United States is due to hold mid-term elections in November.

French President Emmanuel Macron denied the reports, telling journalists: "President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". They all made commitments and they will be up to two per cent.

"Ultimately, the more important metrics are always, 'Are countries stepping up consistently with the capacities that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation needs? I think that we would have a chance to have a very good relationship with Russian Federation and a very good relationship with President Putin".

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