Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump claims victory after forcing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation crisis talks, lands in London

Trump claims victory after forcing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation crisis talks, lands in London

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. "They all made commitments, and they will be up to 2 percent over a relatively short period". "I mean, I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom, I think they agree with me on immigration".

Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments.

Other leaders, however, played down the extent to which they went beyond existing commitments to increase contributions to their own defence, as Trump demanded they share more of what he calls an unfair burden on USA taxpayers in funding an alliance focused on discouraging pressure from a resurgent Moscow.

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the European Union "is the top export market for the United States at $501 billion in goods and services in 2016".

After a week in which he had insulted allies and questioned the value of NATO, Trump-flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton-gave an impromptu news conference at NATO headquarters Thursday morning before leaving Brussels.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", Mr. Schumer said.

Asked if he could accept Russia's annexation with Crimea and still get along with Putin, he said, 'When it comes to Crimea, there's nothing much I have to say about it other than we will look at that just like I'm looking at many disasters that I've taken over'.

"But ultimately he is a competitor".

NATO, founded in 1949 to contain a military threat from the Soviet Union, relies on the United States' military superiority to face down a host of threats on Europe's borders, including a resurgent, nuclear-armed Russian Federation and militant attacks. "Hopefully some day he will be a friend".

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Asked at the end of the press conference whether he would tell Putin to stay out of USA elections, Trump responded simply: 'Yes'.

Despite tweeting "what good is NATO" the day before, Trump praised the alliance on Thursday.

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Currently, all leaders were in a "confused state" because everyone was wondering what the condition for the four per cent meant, and the extent to which Trump was serious, Radev said. Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, on Thursday he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending.

The call to cancel the summit came after a week in which Democrats have expressed widespread concerns about Trump's ability to sit down and challenge Putin in a one-on-one meeting, which is scheduled for Monday. And that's all thanks to President Trump, according to his telling.

"There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the USA and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead", May said in a statement released late Wednesday.

Trump and Putin, who have never met for an official summit, will hold three sessions before the US president returns to Washington, D.C., early Tuesday. Poles remain grateful to U.S. President Ronald Reagan's role in defeating communism and see the United States as its only real power that could protect it from falling under Moscow's control again.

The entire day, from Brussels to London, was one unsettling experience after another for members of the Western alliance.

As to whether he could unilaterally pull the USA out of the alliance without congressional approval, Trump said, "I think I probably can, but that's not necessary".

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