Thursday, 13 December, 2018

United Kingdom in turmoil, President Donald Trump says ahead of visit

Trump calls on NATO allies to pay up NATO Fears Trump May Threaten to Pull Troops From Europe If They Don't Increase Spending
Kenny Thornton | 10 July, 2018, 17:59

"Wow!" And in multiple tweets, he reiterated a familiar theme, complaining that the USA is shouldering an unfair share of defense costs overseas: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS", he tweeted.

"The main concern is he will spend much of the time berating them on not spending enough on defense" before having "a love fest with Putin, like he did with Chairman Kim", Goldgeier said. After all, NATO's main mission is to protect member states against outside threats, and right now one of those biggest threats is Putin's Russian Federation.

"Certainly, the president has been very plainspoken about asking our allies to do more", Hutchison said from Brussels, noting that other former presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, did the same.

Trump refuses to label Putin a foe, an adversary, an enemy, despite his past and current attacks on the US electoral system.

In another tweet, the Republican president complained about Europe's trade surplus with the United States. That includes running numerous military bases, missile defense systems, training operations, and more.

All together, the 29 alliance members spent an estimated $917 billion on defense in 2017, and the US portion was about $618 billion. She insisted on the solidarity of the 29-member alliance and denounced the "malign activities" of Russian Federation and its attempts to "divide our democratic nation".

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The alliance was only jolted into action by the Russian takeover of Crimea and incursion in Ukraine in 2014. While various news publications and agencies agree that they are likely to discuss the war in Syria and Russia's reported meddling in the US presidential elections, US National Security Advisor John R Bolton has identified an extension of the New Start nuclear treaty as the most important possible outcome. Very supportive. Maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there.

Germany has also recently announced it will boost its presence in Afghanistan, from about 1,000 troops to 1,300 troops. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all - who would think?"

He suggested Trump had little regard for US allies. The budget for the European Deterrence Initiative, put in place after the Russian actions in Ukraine, nearly tripled between 2016 and 2017 and is expected to reach over $6.5 billion by 2019.

According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as the latest tax estimate predicts much higher government revenues than expected, Scholz promised more money to the army, succumbing to pressure from German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, a member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

Trump has asked Europe to lower tariffs on American-made cars and other products and to buy American liquid gas.

Donald Trump expects to see a country in "turmoil" when he lands in the United Kingdom on Thursday for a two-day visit he said would make his subsequent summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki seem "easy".

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