Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

‘Not justified!’ Trump could DESTROY NATO, claims German politician

‘Not justified!’ Trump could DESTROY NATO, claims German politician

When the summit resumed for a session with the leaders of non-members Ukraine and Georgia, Trump failed to appear for almost an hour, officials said. "I think North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

She said that the meeting was a continuation of what has been discussed for months.

After a tense first day, Trump didn't ease up on the second.

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense.

The President singled out Germany for particular criticism over low spending, accusing the nation of being a "captive" of Russian Federation because of a multibillion-dollar pipeline deal.

In the midst of a week that has seen May parrying threats to her hold on power, Trump second-guessed her handling of the main issue on her plate: how Britain should cut its ties to the European Union. "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

That 2024 goal was set in 2014. Trump used the news conference to hail himself, again, as a "stable genius", saying he deserved "total credit" for pushing the allies to increase their military spending by more than previously agreed to.

GREENE: Well, you have the French president, Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile saying that no new commitments have been made - I mean, stressing that the allies had already agreed to pay 2 percent of their GDP by the year 2024. We welcome the central role played by the NATO-Georgia Commission and the Annual National Programme over the past decade in deepening political dialogue and cooperation between NATO and Georgia, the Brussels Summit Declaration reads.

"Trump has pointed to several countries, especially Germany", the first source said, adding that there was "hard language, with repeated references to Germany" and even to the German chancellor, "calling her Angela". He said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday". "It confirms the goal of two percent by 2024".

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With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with NATO's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy".

"Everyone in the room understood we would be coming to a disaster if we did not resolve this situation today", one of the officials present for the conversation said. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really incredible".

"We took in $33 billion more", Trump said, pointing to increased financial commitments.

Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the United States out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

"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. 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".

Earlier Thursday, he repeated his complaint that the United States carries a trade deficit with the European Union even as those countries rely on US aid to pay for their defense. But whenever he's met him, that they've got - whenever they have met, they have gotten along really well. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the United Kingdom.

The US President's demands triggered an emergency budget meeting in Brussels, Belgium. He said that President Trump's approach had lent a new sense of urgency to things.

Before leaving for London, Trump participated in a pair of multilateral meetings focused on Russian aggression and the war in Afghanistan.

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