President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
13 July, 2018, 19:47 | Author: Myra Gill
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.
Trump, who went into this week's summit trailing grievances about the US having spent decades taking up the slack for penny-pinching allies, came out of it singing NATO's praises with his usual outsized flair, calling it a "finely tuned machine" that's now "richer than it ever was".
Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.
Prior to Trump's departure from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, the president was asked about his social media habits and whether his views of the summit will change once boarding Air Force One.
Trump: "Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed".
Trump's assertion that Russia is a competitor and not an adversary is contrary to the judgments of USA intelligence agencies and his chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, who at his April confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State, said the United States needs "to push back in each place we confront them", referring to the Russians.
"We are increasing our defence budget".
At the same time, he insisted Vladimir Putin was a "competitor" rather than an "enemy", ahead of their meeting in Finland next week after his four-day trip to the UK. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024. We have been extremely tough on Russian Federation", he said at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed there had been a "frank" discussion but French president Emmanuel Macron denied reports that Mr Trump had threatened to pull out of the 69-year-old Western alliance if he did not get his way.
Trump is set to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for their first ever summit in Helsinki on July 16 though Moscow said the former's remarks were unlikely to affect what was always going to be a hard summit between two countries known to have several differences, the Reuters report added.
Trump also slammed the Nord Stream II pipeline that is set to bring gas from Russian Federation to Germany, calling it a "horrible mistake" that would give Moscow power over Berlin.
Merkel's predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, a longtime friend of Putin, has championed the Nord Stream enterprise since just before being voted out of office in 2005.
"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said at an impromptu press conference, adding, "Now we are very happy". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
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.
Mr Trump fuelled a fire by appearing to criticise prime minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, after the resignation of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and her minister in charge of the European Union exit, David Davis.
"And frankly, maybe everybody is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation, so there will be a lot less problem with the pipeline", Trump said.
Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.
Trump has described the spending situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".
Instead, a series of events a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.
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Trump's undiplomatic attack on May, his host, will likely raise the temperature around an already controversial visit. Trump said that one of them, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, "would be a great Prime Minister".
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