Trump continues attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations during 2nd day of summit

Pauline Gross
July 12, 2018

There, while on board Air Force 1, he used his Twitter feed to rescind his support of a joint communique and slam Trudeau personally after hearing the prime minister repeat Canada's insistence it would defend itself from USA aggression on trade. The station is part of NATO's anti-missile shield for Europe. Here is some of what he's said and how those statements stand up to the facts.

The summit's dramatic, chaotic conclusion - complete with the USA president suddenly making demands following a formal communique - bore a striking similarity to Trump's departure from last month's G7 meetings in Quebec.

But, he added, a "tremendous amount of progress" had been made.

Asked what he will discuss with the Russian president, Trump replied: "We will be asking about Syria, I will be asking about meddling, your favourite question".

"There is no ledger that maintains accounts of what countries pay and owe", says former Obama administration National Security Council staffer Aaron O'Connell. After all, NATO's ability to engage militarily on behalf of its members necessitates having military assets to deploy.

Member states had already agreed, dating back in 2014, to increase their base level defense spending to 2 percent. Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said. But I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now, right?

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Trump floated the idea of spending 4 percent of GDP on military, a mark that no one except the United States is even close to. Spending %4 of GDP on defense represents wartime levels of investment.

"We're not comparing apples to apples", notes Garret, a lecturer at American University's School of International Service.

It would also include "the activities of each such allied nation to contribute to military or stability operations in which the Armed Forces of the United States are a participant; any limitations placed by any such allied nation on the use of such contributions; and any actions undertaken by the United States or by other countries to minimize such limitations". "It will be over a relatively short period of years". Macron said France, which past year spent 1.8 percent on defence, would meet the target by the 2024 deadline. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reported on July 10 that spending by European members increased from last fiscal year to the current fiscal year by about $35 billion.

Canada was never expected to agree to Trump's spending demands. "Now maybe there's a bit more urgency now because he's blunter than his predecessors in criticizing his European partners".

In February, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said only about half of the alliance's 29 members are on track to meet the 2024 deadline - which he said would boost spending by $46 billion.

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