Trump claims North Atlantic Treaty Organisation victory after 'go it alone' ultimatum

12 July, 2018, 20:05 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Trump demands on defence spending prompt emergency NATO session

Some NATO allies had not exactly heard the same conclusions as Trump around the table, and French President Emmanuel Macron immediately poured cold water on Trump's spending ambitions for other allies.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end. It was a little tough for a little while", he said.

President Macron said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday".

USA leaders for decades have pushed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to spend more on defence in an effort to more equitably share the collective defence burden. Although Trump administration officials point to the longstanding alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, the centre of the protests.

When asked about that, Mr. Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary".

Germany, one of America's closest allies, is doubling its energy imports from Russia's Gazprom just as the USA continues to spend billions of dollars to protect Germany and the rest of Europe from Russian Federation.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to significantly boost their defence budgets and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the US was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the USA remains faithful to the accord.


Merkel told reporters there followed a discussion with assurances to Trump that spending was increasing - something he later acknowledged was happening at an unprecedented rate. "Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit. Because I said it was unfair".

"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".

Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion".

Mr Trump has been pressing member countries to spend more on defence, accusing them of passing the burden on to the US.

The mood had appeared to have calmed as the summit went into its second day, focusing on operations beyond Europe.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations reach their goal to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who like the summit host, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, was singled out in the room by Trump for spending less that 1 percent of GDP on defense, said Madrid would also meet the target by 2024.

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