Trump hammers NATO allies on defense spending

Trump hammers NATO allies on defense spending

But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.

"Like in football, fair play and team spirit is what we need more than ever", Michel said in an apparent jab at President Donald Trump who keeps questioning why Washington must carry such a heavy financial burden in defense of the West. It was not clear whether he was serious about a new standard or whether he was using the number as a negotiating tactic to edge overall spending higher and get European nations to pay more.

"I think it's very unfair to our country", Trump said of Germany's defense spending.

"The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump said on Twitter of the other members of the Atlantic alliance, hours before Air Force One left for Belgium.

Stoltenberg sought to project unity at the conclusion of the first of two days of meetings in Brussels.

After an EU-NATO meeting yesterday, EU Council President Donald Tusk snapped back at Trump in front of a visibly nervous NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. "But what is important here is that we start a discussion", said Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

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"For the President to say the European Union was "set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank, ' or that 'NATO is as bad as NAFTA" is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it's time to go", Melville said in response to comments made by Trump according to a report by Foreign Policy. Soon after his inauguration, she was the first foreign leader to pay an official visit. Most NATO members are spending less than 2 percent, though more are moving in that direction. In addition, he again demanded that Germany increase in defense spending and said that Berlin "is under the full control of Russian Federation". The official, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private proceedings.

Trump, whose spending demands and antagonistic remarks about Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel at Wednesday's summit opening had already strained relationships with longtime allies, remarked on the "great collegial spirit" among allies as the summit concluded.

She added that Germany is NATO's second-largest provider of troops and maintains engagement in Afghanistan alongside USA forces. When German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen responded that it was a rotation and Germany stayed 3-4 years, Cavusoglu said: "Italy has been prolonging, like a real ally". His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in the Western Isles and emigrated to the United States when she was 18.

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"It becomes extremely important not just to stand and show that we are ready to fight for our values and demonstrate that strength of convictions ... it is also really important that we do so not as individual nations, but as a collective".

Trump, who later arrived at NATO's new billion-dollar headquarters in his presidential limousine, appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply the German government was funding the pipeline, which Berlin says is a commercial venture.

With tensions in the Western alliance running high over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on USA taxpayers, the latest remarks fueled concerns among allies over the United States role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War Two.

While Trump was still berating allies, Republicans in Washington were joining Democrats to push back. Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, grimaced. The German chancellor is as careful with her policies and public statements as the US leader is brash and unpredictable. "And it can't be explained, and you know that".

Trump did say he would be bringing up the subject of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, but was prepared for Putin to deny such activities.

The resignation came just weeks ahead of Wednesday's summit, highlighting Trump's policies are not only dividing USA allies, but also senior U.S. officials.

An increased North Atlantic Treaty Organisation role in the training and assist mission in Iraq. And they reconfirmed their tough line on Russia's annexation of Crimea, as well as their pledge to continue pressing the Kremlin through sanctions and diplomacy to return it to Ukraine.

"All the decisions contain everything we were wishing for", said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

Most notable is the departure of Johnson, who was one of the primary drivers of the campaign for Britain to leave the EU. Trump said he might meet with Johnson in the United Kingdom despite his resignation.

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