Sunday, 19 August, 2018

John McCain, Top Democrats Call On Trump To Cancel Putin Meeting

Utah Rep. John Curtis recommends a different approach for President Trump in Europe Emmanuel Macron rubbishes Donald Trump's increased Nato spending claim
Kenny Thornton | 14 July, 2018, 16:15

Graham said Trump approaches the Monday meeting having strengthened North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as well as after receiving the "blessing" of United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May.

He also denied reports that Mr Trump had threatened to withdraw the United States from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

President Donald Trump took a victory lap Thursday before leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, referring to himself as a "stable genius" and taking credit for securing a commitment from allies to increase their share of defense spending, a point he constantly drove home during the talks in Brussels.

The grand jury indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges they hacked into Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party, releasing tens of thousands of stolen and politically damaging communications.

Most Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, made no statements immediately after the indictments were announced at the Justice Department.

All NATO members agreed in 2014 to mandate spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense within 10 years, spending that effectively buys NATO protection. But Trump seems to have a view that those relations are nearly entirely about personal chemistry, and the primary determinant of how the United States relates to allies, adversaries, and every nation in between comes down only to whether he is able to "get along" with the leader in question. He also said he expects member states to boost their spending by next year.

"I have a lot of faith in President Trump", he said.

In 2014, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries committed to spending 2 percent of their annual gross domestic product on defense, with the goal of reaching that number by 2024.

Earlier, Trump dictated his concerns on Twitter.

Japan Struggles To Restore Water Supply To Flood-Hit Towns
The death toll on Tuesday rose to more than 150 people in the flooding and mudslides in western Japan , the government said . Emergency rescue teams recover the body of a victim in the heavy rains, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Hiroshima, Japan .

"Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Trump said in a searing critique of Germany's gas pipeline deal with the country North Atlantic Treaty Organisation calls its greatest threat to their alliance. "They pay only a fraction of their cost".

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the USA should pay less.

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

"The challenge with Vladimir Putin is that he wants to expand the influence of the Russian empire.The only place he really has to maneuver is the Middle East".

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We presented the current situation".

However, the US President suggested he wanted the target to rise to 4% of GDP. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his already has plans to spend more. Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic. The United States is due to hold mid-term elections in November.

Moscow has repeatedly said it has never interfered in U.S. elections.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet face-to-face Monday at the presidential palace in Helsinki - a move author Joel Rosenberg believes is a bad idea.

The host President will hold separate bilateral summits with Putin and Trump.

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