Trump claims victory over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to hike spending on defence

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

The president attacked "delinquent" USA allies upon arriving at the summit in his public remarks, returning to old criticism of the alliance centered around foreign nations' contributions to the military organization.

In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.

As representatives from the alliance's 29 member states return to their respective countries - or, in the case of USA president Donald Trump, travel on to meet his Russian and British counterparts - the participants will all be trying to make sense of what happened.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030".

And while all member nations have agreed, in principle, to work toward the 2 percent spending goal, each country is ultimately beholden to unique political processes and must consult with their respective parliaments to secure increased military spending.

After the damning expose of his early days in office, Mr Trump also went on to claim his two greatest assets were "mental stability and being, like, really smart". Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

In response to a question as to whether he had threatened to withdraw from the alliance, Trump said that he "thinks" he can pull out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation without congressional approval.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany", she said.

Trump's assertion that Russia is a competitor and not an adversary is contrary to the judgments of U.S. intelligence agencies and his chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, who at his April confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State, said the United States needs "to push back in each place we confront them", referring to the Russians.

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He continued to criticize Germany over an $11 billion pipeline deal with Russian Federation.

Right before his departure, Donald Trump gathered reporters for an impromptu press conference - never good.

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said.

It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending. But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money.

The plan has enraged so-called "Brexiteers", who have looked to a possible U.S. -U.K. trade deal as one of the biggest boons that would result from leaving the 27-member bloc.

Another big beef Trump seems to have with his allies are are their ties to Russian Federation (yes, seriously).

When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it". And we made clear, well, I made clear for myself and others also made it clear, that we are on this path, which is in our own interest and can make us overall stronger.

"Based on just the way things are shaping up, I think a non-eventful Helsinki meeting might be best for our country", Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, told Reuters.

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