As Trump slams North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ambassador says Europeans are 'stepping up' on funding

10 July, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

During a rally last week in Montana, Trump vowed that he would "tell NATO: 'You've got to start paying your bills."' The president also bemoaned that Americans were "the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing". Nevertheless, Trump wrote, he is confident that Kim will "honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake". But Trump's "obsession with it, the constant harping on it, and the exclusive focus on it - that's pretty new", said Goldgeier.

Sources told the newspaper Kommersantthat the Kremlin has submitted a two-page document to the White House with a first draft of a potential statement Moscow hopes Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will make at the conclusion of their Helsinki summit next week.

But in March, NATO said that only four nations met that guideline in 2017: the USA (3.57 percent), Greece (2.36 percent), Britain (2.12 percent) and Estonia (2.08 percent). It reflects the the percentage of each country's national defense budgets and nothing else. Estimated 2017 defense spending as a percentage of GDP was 1.2 percent in Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

- Weaken NATO by sowing doubt with our allies whether the USA would come to their assistance if needed. It might even backfire.

"And we are standing behind them on that", she said.

"Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them", Trump responded, according to The Times.

Trump is pushing for other countries to spend more on their own defense, while taking credit for some increases that have already occurred. He said Putin and Macron have developed friendly and constructive relations. The European governments are also curious about the road map of US foreign policy in regards to its relation with Russian Federation.

"Prior presidents saw America's allies as enhancing US power and really enabling the United States in being the global leader that it has been for so long, especially compared to China and Russian Federation, which have very few allies", said Goldgeier.

"But this prerequisite is now undermined from within - by a couple of illiberal governments in the alliance, and now even by the US president".

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The planned summit between Trump and Putin is set for July 16th.

"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us".

Hutchison made a point to emphasize her view that one of the themes of the gathering of alliance leaders is "going to be NATO's strength and unity".

As much as the president hates North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, he can't just pull out of it.

"Secretary of Defense [James] Mattis is supportive of NATO, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, is very supportive".

NATO's Spearhead Force, the VJFT, is part of the NATO Response Force (NRF)-about 20,000 strong-which includes a multinational land brigade of around 5,000 troops, including land, air, maritime and special operations forces components.

"It really is just Trump".

"I believe that [the European NATO members] are stepping up".

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