NATO Members Defend Military Contributions Amid Trump's Demands

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

The unexpected demand from Trump during a closed-door meeting of heads of state laid down a new, virtually unachievable marker for a peacetime military spending in an alliance already struggling to meet current defense spending commitments.

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly". So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up.

"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behavior for this to become a reality, " she said.

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the US should pay less.

Trump has been pushing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to increase their spending, due to decades of the US paying vastly more than its European partners and the majority of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members continuing to miss their spending commitments. But there are no IOUs to collect from past years.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom... and that we can therefore also say that we conduct independent policies and can take independent decisions".

Allies would be increasing spending by $33 billion or more, he added.

United States officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war.

STOLTENBERG: "It's also because of your leadership, because of your carried message".

Trump said other leaders at the summit have thanked him for meeting with Putin, even as he sought to keep expectations low for what comes out of the meeting.

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it. He has repeatedly claimed that because of his pressure "billions and billions of dollars are pouring in", which is not true, because there is no such fund for money to pour into. She said she and Obama discussed the topic.

The pair later met for a one-on-one meeting and while Trump insisted they had a "very very good relationship", their frosty body language suggested otherwise. "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany", he added, saying he had raised his concerns about a new gas pipeline planned from Russian Federation to Germany. But Germany has not "got rid" of either.

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today since past year", Trump said during a surprise news conference Thursday.

Praising new initiatives to build capacity, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg estimated that as much as 266 billion additional USA dollars would be spent by European allies and Canada on defense by 2024.

But Major questions whether the arguments being made by the president are really only about spending.

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