Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies up spending

Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies up spending

McFaul, who served as ambassador under the Obama administration from 2012 to 2014, has previously spoken out against Trump, saying earlier this year that he thinks "Russians are laughing" at the U.S.

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

The US president, who has said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week "may be the easiest" part of his European tour, kicked off the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting with a blistering attack on Germany, calling it a "captive" of Moscow because of its gas links.

"They are going to up it to levels like they have never though it before", he said.

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending.

The 29 allies are due to restate a commitment to try to spend two percent of GDP on defense by 2024, according to excerpts of their final summit declaration seen by AFP.

"NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is sidestepping questions about whether President Donald Trump has asked his allies to double their defence spending ambitions".

"We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine."
In the afternoon, he heads to his next stop: the United Kingdom. "For many years I dreamed of freedom, just as many others did - also of the freedom to travel to the United States", she said then. "It's really extraordinary that Donald Trump has to be the person to point out that the emperor in Europe has no clothes, ' Navarro continued".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump's claim that "Germany is a captive of Russia" by drawing on her own upbringing in Soviet-controlled East Germany.

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Leaders had gone into the second day, set to focus mainly on ending the long war in Afghanistan, with low expectations, showing the extent of European frustration with Trump's "America first" policies among the other 28 members of the alliance.

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

Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.

"I'm very pleased to have this opportunity for this exchange about the economic future and migration and the future of trade relations", Merkel said.

"We call upon [North Korea] to fully implement its worldwide obligations; to eliminate its nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities and ballistic missiles, and abandon all related programmes", the statement said.

The president is facing backlash for his repeated criticism of alliance members in contrast to his apparently friendly rhetoric toward Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to ease the tensions on Wednesday by announcing additional troops for NATO's Afghan training mission, Reuters reported.

Woody Johnson, the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom, dismissed the significance of the protests, telling Fox News that one of the reasons the two countries are so close "is because we have the freedoms that we've all fought for".

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