Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when US taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

"I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening" and on Thursday he had been "probably a little bit more firm". It is necessary to conduct a dialogue, coordinate, the way the both sides used to do it in the past, and not discuss sanctions.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".

The talks, to be attended by huge delegations, and accompanied by a media and security circus in Finland, might deliver nothing in terms of concrete deals, but will be carefully watched for Trump's relationship with Putin.

The sit-down will mark Putin's first interview with Wallace since September 2005 and his first interview with USA media since June 2017.

Trump took another swipe at US allies when he told reporters in Brussels that he thought his meeting with Putin would be "the easiest" part of his week-long European trip.

Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin, global trade, and Brexit will dominate the European Union agenda this week. "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation". We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China.

Member states had already agreed, dating back in 2014, to increase their base level defense spending to 2 percent. The figure is non-binding, and the goal was to reach it by 2024, not immediately.

More recently ties have been strained by a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election and suspected collusion with the Trump campaign, as well as by the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. "In theory, if you tried to imagine a scenario where all the imports from the Netherlands stopped altogether, and there was only Norway and Russian Federation left as sources of gas, then it's possible that Russian Federation basically increases its share up to 60-70%". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "There is a communique that was published yesterday".

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He said that the decision to reach two per cent, which had been very hard to achieve in Bulgaria, would be fulfilled in the term of office of the next government, Radev said.

At Thursday's press conference, he repeated an incorrect claim that the USA "pays for 70 to 90% of NATO".

On spending, he said "we are stepping up as never before, allowing U.S. spending to go down", and there was a "new sense of urgency due to president Trump's strong leadership on defence spending".

But Macron disputed Trump's claims, saying that the joint statement the leaders had signed went no further than what had previously been agreed, apart from setting out how some countries plan to get there.

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters. "I'm a very stable genius".

"The President said his meeting with the Russian leader may be the easiest" part of his European tour, with massive protests expected over his presence in London. And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

It's an uncomfortable environment for May, who is facing her own political unrest outside of Trump's visit. Two of her top government officials resigned earlier this week over negotiations on how to manage Brexit, including foreign secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump has called a "friend".

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship. "The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", said Mr Trump.

"I can tell you now that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation now is really a fine-tuned machine". "They like me a lot in the U.K".

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