Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

There were conflicting reports Thursday that Trump had threatened to "do his own thing" unless his spending desires were met, raising suggestions he might withdraw the USA from the transatlantic alliance. Trump called those commitments a major victory; they were first made in 2014.

Since coming to power past year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin.

But French president Emmanuel Macron denied there had been an agreement to boost spending over 2%.

Graham said May's approval of the Putin meeting is still important since Britain is America's closest ally as well as similarly a rival of Russian Federation. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to France 24.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani will be present for the second day of talks and NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg hopes the bloc will agree to fund Afghan security forces until 2024. And he said Canada has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet in the capital of Finland on Monday to discuss bilateral relations as well as a range of global issues including Ukraine, Syria and Moscow's alleged interference in the US elections, according to media reports.

Other leaders, however, played down the extent to which they went beyond existing commitments to increase contributions to their own defence, as Trump demanded they share more of what he calls an unfair burden on USA taxpayers in funding an alliance focused on discouraging pressure from a resurgent Moscow. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

After "frank and open" talks in Brussels, Mr Trump said other members had agreed to increase defence spending to a minimum of two per cent of GDP. "I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius". "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius...and a very stable genius at that!"

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Poland's President Andrzej Duda was quoted saying it was "difficult not to agree with" Trump's complaints the USA was shouldering too much of the alliance's financial burden. "Because I said it was unfair".

"It's been unbelievable to see the level of spirit in that room".

Several members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are calling on President Donald Trump to consider canceling his summit in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled for next week.

"For some reason President Trump thinks that if he gets in the room with him, maybe he can warm Putin up and Putin will turn out to be a good guy - he's not".

Trump's campaign and transition team have been accused of colluding with Russian agents in an effort to influence the 2016 United States election against Hillary Clinton.

Moscow is eager to go ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for it can double the gas exports to Germany under the Baltic Sea while Washington is upset with the idea, even saying that firms that invested in the pipeline risked sanctions, the report added. I mean, it's one of those things. "And you'll be seeing that and I guess you'll be hearing that a little bit later".

Trump has not disclosed details about what nuclear arms control treaties he would propose to Putin, but they may discuss the extension of the "New Start" treaty, a pillar of arms control.

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