Trump Walks Back NATO Threats, Takes 'Total Credit' For Spending Boost

Lloyd Doyle
July 13, 2018

Speaking to The Sun in Brussels before coming to Britain yesterday, Mr Trump said: 'I think what has happened to Europe is a shame.

"Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment". But he did not extract any new commitments. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

During his own news conference Thursday, Trump was asked how he would increase pressure on Canada, Germany and Italy if any of the three failed to meet the two per cent target. Then, in a closed-door session with allies, he suggested that even spending the agreed-upon 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense wasn't enough.

Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out.

Hours later, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met privately and discussed the pipeline, each reaffirming the partnership between the US and Germany. He said it was just an extra meeting.

"It's very detailed", French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters. On Thursday, Trump said he wasn't troubled by the planned protests. "I don't know that is what they voted for". "I'm a very stable genius", Trump said. "After years of decline, when allies were cutting billions, now they are adding billions. Before, the trend was down; now, the trend is up".

Trump told the tabloid, Britain's best-selling newspaper, that he would have gone about Brexit in a different way. Trump came armed with facts and figures, and it appeared to be a well-planned attack.

Trump closed out the tumultuous two-day summit by reaffirming the United States' commitment to the almost 70-year-old alliance and signing the joint declaration, despite spending much of the summit berating allies over defence spending and accusing Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys Russian natural gas. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it". "I think he is a great representative for your country".

FORDHAM: Thanks for having me. Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really fantastic ... " Russian Federation is far from happy to see a US-led military alliance encroaching on its border.

Trump said Germany agreed to accelerate its defense spending increases.

That being said, he added, "NATO goes on". "That's very unfortunate", said Stavridis. This was received gladly in Brussels, although Macedonia still has a number of hurdles to clear before membership is finalised. "We made a tremendous amount of progress today", he told reporters. On Wednesday, he showed up at a breakfast meeting with Stoltenberg steaming mad, charmed allies at a black-tie dinner that evening, and sent them reeling Thursday morning, only to praise their efforts hours later.

When asked about that, Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary". "Now he might not like the current president, but I represent the United States".

In his discussions with Europeans, Trump also complained about the expense of NATO's new $1.4 billion headquarters.

"We consider that it's a question of economic competition and that. the buyers must take their own decision", he said. "The buzz was fantastic".

In the weeks before the summit, alliance leaders feared Trump would try to blow everything up, dealing a truly severe blow to the multilateral world order and to trans-Atlantic deterrence and cohesion. He is trying to make everyone look weak and doesn't understand how all the moving parts work. "The United States is a global military power with global military commitments".

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