Friday, 20 July, 2018

Ahead of Trump Visit, NATO Leaders Spin Poor Defence Spending Figures

General Jack Keane a retired US army general said the national security community share President Trump’s irritation about the costs of Nato NATO Fears Trump May Threaten to Pull Troops From Europe If They Don't Increase Spending
Faye Gross | 11 July, 2018, 04:51

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick Tuesday Kavanaugh offers lengthy judicial record ahead of bitter confirmation fight Hundreds protest Kavanaugh's nomination outside Supreme Court MORE on Tuesday suggested countries that haven't made their full contributions to fund the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should reimburse the USA, further stoking his feud with members of the alliance as he travels to Brussels to meet with NATO leaders. "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem", he said.

The U.S. has been seeking an increased commitment by alliance members to increase defense spending.

He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, "Putin may be the easiest of them all". "And, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us". "Today, Europeans (collectively) spend on defense many times more than Russian Federation, and as much as China".

Flake also said though he supports getting tough with China, he thinks the United States shouldn't be on its own in that approach.

"Getting ready to leave for Europe".

Gareth Southgate says England face toughest World Cup test against Croatia
We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home. "Yes, we're going into a semi-final but to us it's the next step along the journey". Many supporters are viewing this match as England's chance of revenge.


But comments made by Trump have undercut this, most recently when he told other leaders at the G7 that NATO was "as bad as NAFTA", the North American trade deal he has threatened to tear up. U.S. reports have suggested Trump may be interested in a drawdown in Germany, but the much greater changes seem to just be further panicky speculation built around Europe's general opposition to the Trump-Putin summit.

Trump's tweet on Tuesday echoed earlier posts on Twitter on Monday and his criticism at a rally of supporters in the United States last week, in which he said that Washington was unfairly carrying nearly all the cost of defending Europe.

Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin, whose country the US intelligence community has concluded interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump win. We're being taken advantage of by the European Union.

Trump, who has compared the sentiment that underpinned the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.

European Union and US government data put the USA trade deficit with the European Union at around $100 billion, including services such as finance, where the United States has a surplus.

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