Emmanuel Macron rubbishes Donald Trump's increased North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending claim

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

Trump campaigned on a Muslim ban that he later modified to apply to a list of mostly Muslim countries and building a wall on the U.S. Mexico border.

He and first lady Melania Trump were caught on camera chatting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an evening reception before a working dinner.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending.

"The problem is Trump seems to really see no benefit that allies provide the United States", says James Goldgeier, visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Currently, Canada spends between.9 and 1.3 per cent of its GDP on defence, depending on how that is calculated.

"Russia's recent activities and policies have reduced stability and security, increased unpredictability, and changed the security environment", the bloc said in a public statement. In November, after a brief meeting with Putin at the APEC summit in Vietnam, Trump said of the Russian president, "He said he didn't meddle". "There is no break-up between USA and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks.

Trump, Smith said, "upended world order in the way that no president has".

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

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%!" White House officials announced that Mr. Trump would give an unscheduled news conference on Thursday in Brussels amid the tumult over his demands for increased spending.

Trump has met with Putin on a few occasions since he took office.

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From Brussels, Trump heads to England, where May's government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union.

The claims stem from criticisms about burden-sharing that Trump has made since just prior to his inauguration in January 2017.

Once Merkel had delivered her own reaction, in the form of a history lesson and her personal history in East Germany, other German government politicians lined up to reject Trump's criticisms. They answered. They fought with American troops for 17 years.

'Giuseppe, who I got to know quite well over the last month and a half, he won his election because of strong immigration policies on Italy, ' Trump said.

Trump will depart Britain Friday for Finland to prepare for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki.

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

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defence organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.

The start of a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit was overshadowed by Donald Trump, as the USA president hit out at his country's allies, singling out Germany for criticism.

"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against", he continued. The important thing now is that we need to invest more - we need to get more money.

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