Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

One fantastic photo with Trump and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders says it all

One fantastic photo with Trump and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders says it all

The alliance set a goal in 2014 for each country to reach the 2% of GDP spending target by 2024.

The NATO chief was also frank about the impact of Trump's stance at a broader level.

"I myself experienced that a part of Germany that was controlled by the Soviet Union, and I am very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany", Merkel told reporters, according to the Washington Post.

Trump has been berating the alliance in the run-up to the meeting, both in speeches and on Twitter.

"During the president's remarks today at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of two percent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to four percent", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

The pair later met for a one-on-one meeting and while Trump insisted they had a "very very good relationship", their frosty body language suggested otherwise.

"President Trump upended world order in a way no American president has in modern history", Smith said. On 17 May, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump is demanding that Germany drop Nord Stream 2 as one of the conditions for a trade deal with Europe that would not include high tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Alluding to Trump's comments about Germany, Kerry also said that "European energy security is an important topic for allies to discuss, even when they disagree".

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"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France".

The comments come amid wide expectations of a turbulent summit-Trump has long criticized the 29-member alliance, calling it "obsolete", and is extremely critical of countries that are failing to meet the target of 2% of their GDP as defense spending. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

In a bilateral breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in front of reporters, Trump immediately launched into a tirade about the pipeline. "I just don't want us to be too friendly with them like he was with Kim Jong Un, although I supported that summit", Richardson said.

"We are not prisoners, neither of Russian Federation nor of the United States", Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters.

"We are willing to increase our defence spending as agreed in Wales". The U.S. intelligence community, backed by a Republican-led Senate panel, has definitively concluded that Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

Trump has not responded to Kerry.

"There is no break-up between America and Europe", the source said after Macron and Trump held "friendly" talks.

The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would double the amount of gas Russian Federation can send directly to Germany, skirting transit countries such as Ukraine.

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