Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump Slams NATO Spending on Eve of Departure for Summit

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual German Officials, Trump Exchange Criticism Ahead Of NATO Summit
Andrew Cummings | 10 July, 2018, 05:35

"It's not, sort of, a policy statement or, as one person described it, a press release". The leaders will convene on Wednesday and Thursday.

As many as 33% of those surveyed said they had positive expectations from the summit, while one percent said that, the outcome of the highly-talked about event would be negative for Russian Federation. Trump has said the US nuclear capability needs renewing. It reflects the the percentage of each country's national defense budgets and nothing else.

The forum, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, is now called the Group of Seven.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.

They might want to increase spending for their own reasons, but they can't do it in a way that it looks like they're responding to Trump. Any more than it'll stop him from doing any other thing.

I'll leave it to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to say whether there are sinister motives for Trump's consistent willingness to look past Putin's many transgressions - to name a few, Putin's attempts to subvert Western democracies, including ours; his illegal annexation of Crimea; his human rights violations and muzzling of free speech, including the press; and his alleged assassinations of dissidents overseas, including an attempt to kill a former intelligence agent in Britain with a Soviet-era nerve agent.

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This disdain for US allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems.

"It's not us", Putin has told Trump, the official summarized. And we are standing behind them on that.

Commenting on whether Vladimir Putin is a "fine man" as President Trump called him last week, the Ambassador said she "wouldn't" describe him this way, at the same time adding that "despite how the many malign activities that Vladimir Putin has been doing just in the last few years, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation talks to Russia" while U.S. -Russia military to military talks are aimed "not to allow escalation of hostilities".

"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us".

Trump had also invited Putin to the White House, which would be the first such visit since 2005, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said to Russian journalists in April.

Trump said Washington allocates about 4 percent of USA economic output to defense spending while Germany has set a goal of 1.5 percent. And given the script he is executing with North Korea-including a pause on military exercises with South Korea that apparently blindsided not only Seoul but also secretary of defence James Mattis-these fears would appear very justified.

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