Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Calls on NATO Allies to Vastly Increase Military Spending

Trump Calls on NATO Allies to Vastly Increase Military Spending

None of the charges allege Trump advisers colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential campaign.

FILE - Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

"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", Schumer added. Trump called it "a fantastic meeting", speaking at a news conference Thursday before flying to Britain. When asked at a news conference in Britain on Friday whether he would tell Putin to stay out of USA elections, Trump said "yes". "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly". "It's been wonderful to see the level of spirit in that room".

At the end though, Trump said the military alliance is "very unified, very strong, no problem".

Trump came to the summit looking to pick a fight with 24 alliance members failing to meet an agreed target of making their military budgets two percent of their GDP.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defence - similar to the U.S. level - would be the right level.

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"These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win", Schumer said in his statement.

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. 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.

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"This is a moment for us to stand together and understand that the perspective that we fight for and stand for is essential today and tomorrow".

" I think it is a terrible thing that you have a pipeline coming from Russian Federation and I believe that Germany is going to get 56 to 60, or even 70 percent of their energy coming in from Russian Federation".

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"When you look at what we've done in terms of Russian Federation, I guarantee whoever it is in Russian Federation, they're saying 'oh gee, we wish that Trump was not the victor in that election?"

Following the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was careful not to contradict the president's claim of a substantial increase in spending but was only able to directly point to members' existing 2 percent commitments.

Trump has described the spending situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States". "The commitment was at 2 percent".

The US leader has also singled out Germany for particular criticism over its defence spending. The important thing now is that we need to invest more - we need to get more money.

Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

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