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Trump says he has been 'tougher on Russia than anybody'

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value and assailing Germany
Kenny Thornton | 13 July, 2018, 20:47

As the dust cleared it was not clear what, if any concrete promises he had won.

In the piece, Trump said he advised May on how to handle the exit from the European Union and said he "would have done it much differently".

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending".

The Bulgarian President, formerly the commander of the Air Force before being elected head of state on a ticket backed by the opposition socialists, used Trump's statements to take a sideswipe at Bulgaria'scentre-right government, saying that Bulgaria was "reluctant" to allocate funds to the armed forces.

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 percent by 2024 and no more.

"That is all", Macron said.

May said that she "welcomed" Trump's meeting with the Russian president, saying he should go into the summit "as he is", in a "position of strength".

Donald Trump appeared to crush Theresa May's trade deal hopes this morning.

At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the United States on trade and needed to immediately boost spending.

Stoltenberg said he had called the extra session because the allies felt the issue of burden sharing needed more discussion. "They're very strong. Very unified, very strong".

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That's money that could have been used for job-boosting investments such as making better cars, the union said. It said the firm needed to guarantee the future of thousands of people, "rather than enriching only one".

Asked at a press conference in Brussels if he would confront the Russian leader at their Monday head-to-head about interfering in the 2016 election or other Russian acts created to destabilize the US government or weaken alliances between the USA and its Western allies, Trump demurred.

During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP.

"You know, what am I going to do?"

In the same breath, he sounded a strongly conciliatory tone with the Russian leader despite the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Putin not only meddled in the 2016 elections to help Trump but also continues his cyberwar efforts going into the 2018 mid-terms. We saw some incredible anti-terrorism things that are being done here in conjunction with the US.

Stoltenberg, stepping in - not for the first time - as peacemaker between Trump and the other 28, called a special closed-door session, the first in a decade, with most officials and the invited guests ushered out, to allow the alliance's principal leaders to remonstrate with Trump.

It doesn't require, or even request, that countries spend 4 percent of their gross domestic protest on their own defense. We are being played for fools.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

Trump's is scheduled to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Earlier, during the press conference at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, the American leader expressed hope that Putin might become his friend someday.

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