Trump calls for allies to spend more on defense at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Trump calls for allies to spend more on defense at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

The Nord Stream 2 project-an $11 billion extension of the existing Nord Stream natural gas pipeline by the Kremlin-backed gas giant Gazprom and five European nations-will double Russia's gas export capability to Germany to nearly 250 billion square feet per year.

Instead of blaming Putin for invading Ukraine - an act of war that prompted the G7 to expel Russian Federation from the group - Trump has attempted to pin blame on former President Obama.

The US president has been openly critical of many of NATO's practices, often railing against Washington spending more money on defence than other member states.

The U.S. accounts for roughly 70 percent of the alliance members' total military outlays, a share that Trump says is unfair to American taxpayers. Speaking about solidarity, I want to dispel the American President's argument, which says that the U.S. alone protects Europe against our enemies, and that the USA is nearly alone in this struggle.

At the pre-summit breakfast meeting he launched straight back to his theme. As for Britain being in turmoil, "The prime minister is looking forward to showing the president the United Kingdom, and is confident he'll leave with a very positive impression", Slack told reporters in London.

President Donald Trump will likely declare USA support forNATO's mutual defense doctrine while pressing for increased spending commitments from NATOallies at a high-stakes summit in Brussels, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

'Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation, ' he charged.

That would send the alliance into a tailspin, damaging security by opening the question of whether NATO's most powerful member is still willing to defend its allies if one were attacked.

Since taking office in 2017, Trump affirmed the US commitment to the defense of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but he has continued to criticize NATO's funding, arguing Washington is shouldering too much of the financial burden.


Trump set the stage for clashes at the summit by writing to around a dozen allies to berate them for lagging on a 2014 pledge to try to spend two percent of GDP on defence by 2024.

Trump made the comment while addressing reporters before he and First Lady Melania Trump boarded presidential helicopter Marine One.

John Kelly, Mr Trump's chief of staff, and Mike Pompeo, his secretary of state, sat silently alongside Mr Trump as he delivered the criticism across the table to Mr Stoltenberg.

"That's a fundamental inconsistency in the pro-NATO position", Mr. Desch said. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to boost Trump's candidacy, and warns of further attempts at interference both in the 2018 midterms and in European elections. "I want to compliment the secretary general, he's worked very hard on this problem".

Mr Trump predicted as he departed Washington that the "easiest" leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Mr Putin. "Who would think", the president said.

Trump used Germany as an example. For years, countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, and others have not even come close to meeting their obligations to the collective defense alliance.

Mr Tusk also said that the United States did not and would not have a better ally than the EU, reminding the president that it was European troops who had fought and died in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

Mrs May said: "Nato is as vital today as it ever has been and our commitment to it remains steadfast".

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