Trump admonished for overlooking European Union allies ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

11 July, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Mr Trump, who landed in Belgium during the middle of the football-mad nation's World Cup semi-final match, will later head to London, where Prime Minister Theresa May's government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union.

Days after, Trump heads to Helsinki to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting that has also anxious US allies.

After Putin mentioned that White House officials were trying to interfere, a person with direct knowledge of the conversation said that Trump told to Putin, "Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them, "The New York Times reported Monday".

At one point, Trump was asked if Putin should be considered a friend or foe. "As far as I'm concerned, a competitor, a competitor", he said.

The European council president, Donald Tusk, said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies". "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, is a good thing". The spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them.

The resignation came just weeks ahead of Wednesday's summit, highlighting Trump's policies are not only dividing United States allies, but also senior United States officials.

U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that Trump would also recommit to one of the founding articles of NATO - Article 5 - which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on them all. "But above all when you meet President Putin in Helsinki" on July 16.

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Most NATO member states have not yet reached this goal, but a number of member states are expected to break the threshold in 2019. "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years, and not paying in those past years", Trump told the leaders of member countries.

Tusk reminded Trump that the first time NATO's mutual defense clause to assist other members under attack came after the terror attacks on 9/11 and that 870 European troops have fought and died in Afghanistan.

Despite attempts to increase the military strength of Eastern European countries, Trump's criticism has led to a weakening of US political power in Estonia, where the US Ambassador James D. Melville Jr. resigned because of the president's rhetoric towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union. The EU did strike back with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

In a conference call with reporters July 10, the US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, tried to allay concerns among allies the United States was backing away from NATO, or from the alliance treaty's Article 5, which stipulates that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.

Germany, Europe's largest economy, now spends 1.24% of GDP on defence.

Mr Stoltenberg was careful not to provoke the United States president ahead of a potentially testy meeting.

He has also pointed the finger at European Union member states for not spending enough on defence - a long-standing complaint of U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama.



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