Friday, 20 July, 2018

Donald Trump pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double their defence spending

When Trump Meets Putin The Neophyte And The Black Belt Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki
Kenny Thornton | 12 July, 2018, 02:33

Germany is not a captive of anyone, neither Russian Federation nor the US, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in response to US President Donald Trump's description of his country as a "captive" of Russian Federation. So, in a stroke, he shifted attention away from his own ties to the Kremlin just days before he meets one-on-one with Putin.

"But she also says that in the end we need to be engaging with Russian Federation and that's why she welcomes the president's decision to go there".

Chancellor Angela Merkel recalled her own youth in Soviet-dominated East Germany and said Germany was independent in its policy choices in a pointed response to Trump saying Berlin was a "totally controlled by Russia".

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia", Trump said at a breakfast with Stoltenberg. Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

"The president is going to mention the fact that Europe is becoming more and more dependent on Russian Federation for their energy sources, specifically Germany with their invitation to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Barrasso told Fox News.

"If the President leaves the meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure-it will be a grave step backward for the future of the worldwide order and global security", Schumer and Pelosi said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at the summit that Trump will have "pull-aside" meetings later in the day with Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. It's expected to be online at the end of 2019.

"Germany is a rich country", he complained.

England face Croatia for a place in the final
Few more problems for the Croatian side to sort out, they are sweating on the fitness of their full-back Sime Vrsaljko. England have not been in the semi-finals of the World Cup since 1990 when they lost on penalties to then West Germany.

Trump's idea wasn't reflected in the summit conclusions.

"We're having a great meeting", Mr. Trump told reporters.

House Intelligence Committee member Eric Swalwell of California used a tweet to weigh in, writing that "Germany at least gets energy out of its relationship with Russian Federation".

Trump has called on allied countries to meet or exceed the 2014 Wales summit goal of spending 2 percent GDP on defense spending.

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.

Trump, who has long criticised Berlin for not spending enough on NATO's mutual defence and for alleged unfair trade practices noted Germany's "tremendous success".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends. The president is also at odds with the American public.

Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, also criticized Trump's rhetoric.

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