Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Angelo Anderson
July 12, 2018

The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence.

At one point, in a break with diplomatic protocol, a source said Trump addressed German Chancellor Merkel by her first name and told her: "Angela, you need to do something about this".

President Trump publicly criticized Germany over its Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, calling the wealthiest nation in the European Union "a captive to Russian Federation". The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Says Stoltenberg: "We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defence spending to 2 percent". EURACTIV broke the story.

"NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security".

Under NATO rules, countries with armed conflicts on their territory can not join the Western alliance. And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

Trump is expected to hold a news conference Thursday.

Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defence, singling out Germany for particular criticism.

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24%, compared with 3.5% for the US.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".

The former senator from MA chided Trump over his performance at a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders past year and questioned why he would return.

"Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".

'That is why I welcome President Trump's forthcoming meeting with President Putin, open channels of communication between the USA and Russian Federation are key to managing the risks of confrontation'.

The substance is the same military-grade toxin that almost killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in an earlier attack that Britain also blamed on Moscow.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to set the tone on Wednesday by announcing more troops for NATO's Afghan training mission. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

From abandoning the Iran nuclear deal to putting higher tariffs on European Union steel imports and threatening more on cars, Trump has undermined European priorities in the Middle East, on free trade and on combating climate change.

U.S. 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.

Trump was opposed to remaining in America's longest running war, but his advisers convinced him to give it more time.

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