Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump says U.S. commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong despite criticism

Trump says U.S. commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong despite criticism

Mr Trump said he didn't want Russian Federation to be a threat, while adding that his meeting with Mr Putin next week "may be the easiest on his Europe trip".

As the United Kingdom grapples with its own future in the European Union, I hope that President Trump's visit will help to solidify the long friendship between our two great countries.

"I subscribe to the view that we should not be criticizing our president while he is overseas, but let me say a couple of things".

Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to.

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix.

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"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said. "I think it's fine", he said.

Shelby pointed to the importance of Trump being properly briefed ahead of the sit-downs. "They've got to want to do better with us", Shelby said.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the USA into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. He is a great diplomat and a great representative for us having been ambassador to. And it comes just days before Mr. Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

The president did not say whether reports of his withdrawal threat were accurate, but he did say he thought he could pull the USA out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation without congressional approval.

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions".

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But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, full champagne flute in hand, came over to greet the first lady, and the two talked for several minutes. But I would also encourage the president to exercise caution with Russian Federation - which has proven to be a hostile nation to the United States and our Western allies.

Germany now spends 1.24% of its GDP on defense, and has committed to hitting 2% by 2024, something that Trump, and other U.S. leaders before him, have tried to hasten. And he called alliance members "delinquent" on their contributions to NATO's budget.

"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said. Some were less enthused by how he delivered it, however.

In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop previous year". Jim Risch of Idaho, the expected next chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee if Republicans hold control of the Senate. "They pay only a fraction of their cost".

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