The flawless metaphor? North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit photo sparks Twitter meme

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

Mr Trump has been pressing member countries to spend more on defence, accusing them of passing the burden on to the US.

"They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of the nuclear".

A White House spokeswoman said his remarks came as he was urging leaders to increase their outlays on defence and were not a formal proposal.

Despite the friendly rhetoric, U.S. -Russia relations have soured since Trump's presidency. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump talk during a family photo ahead of the opening ceremony of the NATO summit, at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, on July 11, 2018.

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to. So I think the secretary-general likes Trump.

"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".

With tensions in the Western alliance running high over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on USA taxpayers, the latest remarks fuelled concerns among allies over the US role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War II.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will yesterday welcome a summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but say that it must be used to cut the risk of confrontation and address Russian "malign activity".

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"I am in Brussels, but always thinking about our farmers", Trump tweeted Wednesday in the midst of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings, adding that "other countries' trade barriers and tariffs have been destroying their businesses".

Where does Trump go next?

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Responding to Mr Trump's comments, Mrs May's official spokesman said: "This is something that the President has said on other occasions. And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation", he said.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in Helsinki on 16 July for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the USA into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

European Union figures show Russian Federation may be responsible for between 50 percent and 75 percent of Germany's gas imports, but gas makes up less than 20 percent of Germany's power production mix.

"We are having a great meeting, we are discussing military expenditure and we are talking about trade". "Enough. This isn't good for the United States and there are people across the aisle - as the Senate vote clearly showed - who know it and need to say it", Kerry wrote.

The feud over defense spending looks set to overshadow other business at the two-day summit.

NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg wants leaders to agree to fund Afghan security forces until 2024, despite public fatigue in Western countries about their involvement in the conflict.

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