Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Poland: Trump's tough talk on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation good for eastern flank

Poland: Trump's tough talk on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation good for eastern flank

Trump arrived about a half-hour late to a North Atlantic Council meeting with Georgia and Ukraine, two countries who have both been invaded by Russian Federation in the last decade. On day two he stated that the United States' commitment to the alliance remains "very strong".

"Since President Trump was in Brussels last spring allies have added 41 billion extra for defence spending". There won't be any extra money forthcoming from any country, beyond a pledge made years ago that everyone would meet the thus far largely elusive 2% spending level. Ukraine's leader backed him up on Thursday in arguing that the deal gives Putin too much leverage. Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got underway.

US President Donald Trump has shocked allies at a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments.

At one point, in a break with diplomatic protocol, a source said Trump addressed German Chancellor Merkel by her first name and told her: "Angela, you need to do something about this".

In a series of tweets at the time, Trump said that "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart".

That 2024 goal was set in 2014.

Trump closed out the tumultuous two-day summit by reaffirming the United States' commitment to the almost 70-year-old alliance and signing the joint declaration, despite spending much of the summit berating allies over defence spending and accusing Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys Russian natural gas.

"We didn't know what to expect, it was a positive outcome", he said of the dinner in a Brussels park, where leaders were treated to an acrobatic display and saxophone music.

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Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.

Mr. Trump's comments came ahead of his summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, though the Kremlin said they were unlikely to have an impact on what was always going to be a hard meeting due to the number of disagreements between the two countries. "It's very detailed", Macron said. "We made a tremendous amount of progress today", he told reporters. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really awesome".

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said at an impromptu press conference, adding, "Now we are very happy".

US President Donald Trump on Thursday repeated his claim that he is a "very stable genius".

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the United States and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", May said in a statement released late Wednesday.

It was only last month that after a disastrous G-7 summit, Trump signed a joint communiqué with other allies and then changed his mind while flying home. "It's about $2.8 billion and the US pays 22 percent of that, not 90 percent".

Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the United Kingdom. This was characterized as an emergency meeting by some people.

German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the US gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.

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