Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump goes to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in strong position

Donald Trump goes to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in strong position

"I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk pressed, punctuated with a smiley-face emoticon. "Who would think?" Trump said.

During a rally last week in Montana, Trump vowed that he would "tell NATO: 'You've got to start paying your bills."' The president also bemoaned that Americans were "the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing". "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted a day before he departs for the summit, which will take place July 11-12 in Brussels. It reflects the the percentage of each country's national defense budgets and nothing else.

Some diplomats fear the president will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite US denials.

"The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".

They might want to increase spending for their own reasons, but they can't do it in a way that it looks like they're responding to Trump. Trump left that meeting without signing the joint statement from the seven nations and antagonizing important USA allies, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Tusk, who chairs European Union leader summits, is a former Polish prime minister from the centre-right Civic Platform party, which takes a staunch pro-US line in foreign policy. He has often railed against the US's key allies, accusing fueling trade deficits with the US. After that comes a visit to Finland and another high-profile summit on Monday-with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us".

"Those are stupid people", Trump said, according to the report; "you shouldn't listen to them". Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pulled this figure out of the air in 2011 and made a challenge to the allies as he was leaving the Obama administration.

"It really is just Trump". Also, Russia's aggression in seizing Crimea and its military actions in other parts of Ukraine require a substantial North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military buildup, without which Putin is highly likely to push Russian military forces further westward, including into the Baltic states (formal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies) and perhaps also northern European neutrals (Finland and Sweden).

"Other countries are going to have to look out for themselves..."

He then laced into German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be in attendance in Brussels, complaining about how much the United States put toward Germany's defense: "And I said, you know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you".

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