Trump says added North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funds not enough for U.S.

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Cory Gardner (R-CO) was asked to respond to controversial comments President Trump made earlier in the day about his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced hours after the tit-for-tat over Germany that Trump would meet later Wednesday with Merkel, as well as with French President Emmanuel Macron.

"It's very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayers", he said, adding, "We can't put up with it".

Trump's first words signalled this one is not going to be like this.

Ahead of the gathering, Mrs May was keen to emphasise that as well as supplying additional troops for Afghanistan, the United Kingdom was one of just five alliance members to meet the target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence.

"We are stronger together", Stoltenberg insisted, but acknowledged that there can be differences among allies.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies".

"Dear America, appreciate your allies-after all, you don't have that many".

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the United States to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US.

Trump is now under criminal investigation for possibly colluding with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.

"I expect open and frank discussions, and there are disagreements on different issues", he said as he arrived at NATO's gleaming new headquarters for the summit.

Still, the administration official said, Trump would likely reiterate United States support for the NATO treaty's Article 5, a provision that means an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all of them.

President Donald Trump addresses the audience during a rally at the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark, July 5, 2018, in Great Falls, Mont., in support of Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., and GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

"You tell me if that's appropriate, because I think it's not and I think it's very bad thing for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Mr Trump predicted as he departed Washington that the "easiest" leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Mr Putin. Following that, he will travel to England to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, spend the weekend at one of his private golf clubs in Scotland, then travel to Helsinki for a high-stakes meeting with Putin.

"Boris Johnson's a friend of mine", he said. "Very supportive. And maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there".

"Disparaging long-standing allies at the same time as talking up the country that has wantonly seized territory and redrawn Europe's borders by military force for the first time since World War Two is disconcerting to say the least", said Boudreau.

Trump is unpopular in Britain, so supporting Johnson could help May, and sow doubt about Britain's decision to part ways with the European Union, he added.

The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the USA and some other European Union members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.

"That's why I back a people's vote on the terms of Brexit, including an option to remain in the European Union". "All countries will be happy", he said, unconvincingly.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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