Trump Talks NATO In News Conference

Pauline Gross
July 13, 2018

Still, by the time it was over he was ebullient, saying that European allies and Canada had "really stepped up their commitment" - and intimating that his relentless hectoring had forced other allies to spend more than NATO's long-term goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense.

"I'm a very stable genius", he said. Trump's beef is that his allies in this alliance on the whole spend less than 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense while the US spends about 3.57 or more, as Trump calculates it.

But he said that since past year around an additional 33 billion dollars, not including the United States, had been raised and it was now "unnecessary" to withdraw from the organisation.

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russia because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", Trump said.

He said the USA commitment to the 29-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization remains very strong and cited "the additional money they will be putting up" and "the level of spirit in that room" during the meetings.

Trump had opened the first day of talks in Brussels on Wednesday with a public diatribe against Germany, the second biggest state in the Western defence alliance, before the mood appeared to have calmed as the summit went into its second day, focusing on operations beyond Europe.

"What good is North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars for gas and energy?" he asked, adding that the USA is "paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on trade".

"There is a communique that was published yesterday". "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024". Some NATO nations, like Turkey, have even chosen to buy Russian over United States arms in recent years, a fact that doesn't sit well with the administration.

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It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending.

With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with NATO's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy". It was also reported that Trump asked Macron privately to leave the World Trade Organization.

Trump arrived about a half-hour late to a North Atlantic Council meeting with Georgia and Ukraine, two countries who have both been invaded by Russian Federation in the last decade.

"I felt, we all felt, that we needed more time for a discussion on burden sharing", Stoltenberg explained to reporters afterward - even though the summit statement had been signed the previous day. "I'm just saying, I think he'd be a great prime minister". "That is all", Macron said.

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century".

At the same breakfast (and on several other occasions later in the day), Trump blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel for an energy deal her country has with Russian Federation, saying they are "totally controlled by Russian Federation", and a "captive" of the country.

Right before his departure, Donald Trump gathered reporters for an impromptu press conference - never good.

But more than half of United States exports go to just three countries - Mexico, South Korea, and China - and the European Commission says less than one percent of Europe's gas come from America.

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