Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

In a closed-doors meeting at the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump is said to have thrown a "tantrum" over the issue, threatening that the US would go it alone on defense issues if the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members-most of whom are European-do not immediately increase military spending as a percentage of gross domestic product.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the U.S. leader said his hectoring had paid off.

That outburst prompted NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to ask Ukraine and Georgia to leave the room and, in a closed session, to try to get the carefully-choreographed summit back on track.

Trump said he let countries know during this week's summit that he was "extremely unhappy".

Trump's comments came amid reports that he had warned leaders at an emergency session that the United States could pull out of the alliance if other members failed to increase their contributions.

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations,"said Sanders". People are paying money that they never paid before. The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024.

Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.

Trump stressed that NATO's budget had been unfair to the United States but now he was sure it would be fair.

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Trump emerged declaring his continued commitment to a Western alliance built on US military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War Two. He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with Nato's Stoltenberg.

Going into the week he was pressuring them to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a figure that was established in 2002 and reaffirmed in 2014 when the allies not meeting the target pledged to reach it within a decade. Finally, he will head to Helsinki for a summit with Putin. "Even if he says now that 2 percent is great - the damage has been done".

"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".

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters. So we are helping some of those countries get online and buy the best equipment, ' Trump said. "I'm very consistent", he replied.

He also vowed to raise allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, amid an ongoing USA investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow. As to whether he could unilaterally pull the US out of the alliance without congressional approval, Trump said, "I think I probably can, but that's not necessary".

Trump was opposed to remaining in America's longest running war, but his advisers convinced him to give it more time.

That wasn't all. The Senate also voted 88-11 for a non-binding resolution to stop Trump from using national security as a rationale for imposing tariffs willy-nilly when he wakes up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said flatly that he agreed "no increase in spending" beyond that previously agreed by Rome, which past year spent 1.1 percent on defence and is labouring under heavy debts that severely limit its options.

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