Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Putin is a competitor, not an enemy, says Trump

Putin is a competitor, not an enemy, says Trump

In the process, he has made a number of misleading claims about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, distorting how it works and why it exists in the first place. Presumably, that would include the United States, which Trump contended pays up to 90 percent even though defense budget experts put the American contribution in the mid-60s.

"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure.

Poland, which was under Moscow-backed communist rule for decades during the Cold War, is today one of the most pro-U.S. countries in Europe.

"The communique is clear: it reaffirms the commitment to two per cent (of GDP)", said Macron, who was photographed smiling and sharing a hug with Trump yesterday despite recent tensions between the two. He seemed to suggest a speeded-up timeline, saying nations would be "spending at a much faster clip", which if it panned out would mark a significant milestone for the alliance.

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Separately, Trump also dealt with the ongoing discussions with the European Union on the steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that "Both of my parents are from the European Union, despite the fact they don't treat us well on trade".

Dr. Claudia Major, a researcher at the German Institute for International Security affairs, said that Germany, in particular, does more for the alliance than spend on its own defense, including deploying troops to Afghanistan, "and eventually, two percent is an arbitrary measurement that does not say much about efficiency and output". He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

"NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is sidestepping questions about whether President Donald Trump has asked his allies to double their defence spending ambitions". He could not change France's budget for next year, which he had just presented to parliament. He said he was proud that his intervention had prodded other nations to step up their spending.

"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.

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Following Trump's statement, the 29 members met for a separate crisis meeting, and representatives of partner countries Ukraine and Georgia were asked to leave the room. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

However Trump had already taken the credit for an additional rise in spending, saying "for years presidents have been coming and talked about" the plan, but since he became president "we are doing numbers like they've never been done before". "And, as long as Russian Federation persists in its efforts to undermine our interests and values, we must continue to deter and counter them".

"That's other people that do that", Trump replied.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the United States leader said his hectoring had paid off. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?"'

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