Trump Claims Victory at NATO Summit, Boasts of U.S. Weapons Sales

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

"Hes voiced his frustration about the lack of progress many, many times, basically asking 'What have we got for all that money?'" Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center, said that if there had meaningful progress in Afghanistan, a review would be unlikely.

"We had a fantastic meeting at the end".

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

If the White House is as confused about the nature of the threat we face from Mr. Putin as it seems to be, a meeting between our president and his Russian counterpart for which there is no record could not be more concerning.

He continued: "Nato is much stronger than it was two days ago".

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters.

Several current United States officials and other former officials and advisers with direct knowledge said the White House had not yet formally ordered the review, but they were preparing for a government-wide appraisal in the next few months.


The United States, far the biggest economy, spent 3.6 percent past year, while Germany, the second biggest, paid out just 1.2 percent and only a handful of countries met the 2 percent target. Flake questioned why the two were meeting without staff, noting that the "world seems to be hanging in the balance". "It is vital that even the most private meetings between leaders not be lost to history", Flake said. "Germany is contributing troops as a lead nation in Lithuania and NATO's forward presence to the east", she said.

Following the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was careful not to contradict the president's claim of a substantial increase in spending but was only able to directly point to members' existing 2 percent commitments. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defence - similar to the US level - would be the right level.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday also turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

He demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

Sen. John McCain issued a stern warning Thursday to President Trump in advance of his summit with Vladimir Putin, saying that it would be "a serious indictment" of Trump's leadership if he does not hold the Russian leader accountable on a range of actions. All I can say is: "Did you?"

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