Donald Trump says United States commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong

Pauline Gross
July 13, 2018

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when US taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

But as the source said, each time Trump was hearing messages he didn't like, he ostensibly spoke to his delegation, ignoring the speaker and even turning his back on him.

Asked if Mr Putin presented a threat, Trump said, "I don't want him to be and that is why we have NATO".

"Some are at 2 per cent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 per cent, and some are going back to get the approval, and which they will get to go to 2 per cent", he said.

Trump said the best was for the European allies to spend money on defence was to buy U.S. military equipment.

That's because, despite the political rhetoric, Trump - like his other 28 allies - signed a summit communique that had been agreed to by their ambassadors last weekend, five days before the summit began.

Trump on Wednesday urged members of the alliance to meet their commitment of at least 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, and eventually 4 percent.

"President Trump is the leader of a great country".

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"Fair burden-sharing underpins everything that we do. So we are helping some of those countries get online and buy the best equipment".

Under Lee's legislation, the Pentagon report would be due to lawmakers by March 1 each year and include the annual defense spending by each allied nation, including data on how much of its GDP goes toward such expenditures.

"And frankly, maybe everybody is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation, so there will be a lot less problem with the pipeline", Trump said.

"I can only sum up what's the result: a clear commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by all and also a clear willingness by all to provide a contribution on their own in the face of a changed security situation". Trump's United Kingdom visit comes ahead of a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. I look forward to the meeting.

Asked if he was going to recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea, he said it was "an interesting question".

Mr. Trump blamed his predecessor Barack Obama "who allowed it to happen".

One diplomat said something appeared to have irritated Trump, a suggestion from another leader or possibly a report in the news media that he had not gotten his way.

One of the chief reasons that most European nations enjoy a higher standard of living and their residents annually express larger levels of collective happiness than people living in the United States is because of their commitment to spending on social wellness that exceeds their relative spending on military misadventure, weapons, and global empire. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev described the atmosphere on Wednesday as "not the most pleasant".

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