Published: Tue, December 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump in United Kingdom on three-day visit

Trump in United Kingdom on three-day visit

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will formally greet the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders at the reception, which marks 70 years of the alliance.

"The president will also emphasise the need for the NATO Alliance to ensure its readiness for the threats of tomorrow, including those emanating from cyberspace, those affecting our critical infrastructure and telecommunications networks, and those posed by terrorism".

Their talks take place amid a bitter row between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey's recent incursion into northern Syria.

Erdogan said he had spoken to Polish President Andrzej Duda on the phone on Monday and agreed to discuss the military operation with Poland and the Baltic countries in London.

The US leader is due to hold a number of bilateral meetings alongside the main summit over two days and to attend dinner with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

A five-minute press briefing on Tuesday morning with the Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the USA ambassador's residence in London turned into an nearly hour-long frenzied press conference.

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The senior government official would not say whether the USA sent a letter ahead of this week's summit in London.

He said his trip would be focused on "fighting for the American people". But even the British hosts, for generations the most enthusiastic champions of the trans-Atlantic partnership that NATO represents, are disunited over their project of quitting the European Union and distracted by a rancorous election next week.

Stoltenberg argues that despite quarrels that have made headlines, the alliance is in fine health, having strengthened its capability to carry out its core mission of defending Europe following Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. "Yes we have some differences, but the reality is that we are doing more together than for many years".

Europe, Turkey and Canada will pledge $400 billion in defense spending by 2024, aiming to placate President Donald Trump who has long said US allies need to spend more on the collective defense.

Charles and the monarch will then join the politicians for a group photograph. While that is more than several years ago, it still ranks in the bottom half of alliance members, at 20th out of 29 countries.

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