Macron says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation debates were 'frank and respectful'

12 July, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Donald Trump takes the fight to NATO

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

"Everyone agreed to raise spending, in line with commitments made in 2014", Macron added.

President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance after he said member nations caved to his demands by making significant pledges to increasing defense spending.

After locking horns over tariffs and trade at the G7 summit in Canada in June, the United States president left the meeting and immediately withdrew his endorsement of the joint communiqué en route to Singapore to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un.

"There is no ledger that maintains accounts of what countries pay and owe", says former Obama administration National Security Council staffer Aaron O'Connell.

Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the USA president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday". Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said.

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session.

The French leader said that Trump had not threatened to pull out of the 70-year-old alliance over the defense spending commitments of Washington's European allies, contrary to some media reports. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". "I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius".

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.


"They made tremendous success and I believe our trade will increase and lots of other things but we will see what happens over the next few months".

He continued that attack Thursday, complaining that, "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".

"Everyone in the room thanked me", he said.

Trump admitted that the issue came up during his meeting with Merkel.

Trump and Putin are poised to meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.

Earlier in the day, Trump was on the attack, going after America's allies even as he refused the day before to call Putin an adversary of the United States. Trump said that leaders responded to his demands by agreeing to reach that goal soon. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me". "He didn't say that to me". During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach.

"Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent, whereas the United States in actual numbers is paying 4.2 percent."

Unsurprisingly, Trump's apparent threat caused dismay on Thursday among European allies.

"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behavior for this to become a reality, " she said.

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