What Trump And The Rest Of NATO Want From Each Other
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 12:52
"And we will win this fight", said Trump on Wednesday after meeting Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, whose own country suffered Islamic State suicide attacks in March 2016.
He said that members must "finally contribute their fair share" and meet their obligations.
"And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years", he said yet again.
Under the NATO treaty, members of the alliance must commit 2% of their GDP to defense spending, a benchmark that only five of the alliance's 28 members now meet.
"We should recognize that with these chronic underpayments and growing threats even 2 percent of GDP is insufficient to close the gaps in modernizing readiness and the size of forces", Trump continued.
The president has made no secret of his annoyance over member nations "not paying what they should be paying" and relying on the United States to foot the bill for expensive military operations around the world. A plan to reaffirm the pledge made three years ago "means nothing more or less than that", she said.
The move, which is expected during Thursday's meeting, is symbolically important, especially since the terror group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
"This will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism", Stoltenberg said.
The small Balkan country will formally become NATO's 29th state in June but Markovic joined the Brussels summit, Trump's first, and a ceremonial opening of the alliance's new headquarters.
Ahead of the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel dedicated the Berlin Wall Memorial, and US President Donald Trump the 9/11 and Article 5 Memorial, at NATO's new headquarters in Brussels. The other nations "were looking for a tight embrace and they didn't get it", Burns said.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer had not seen the video but told the New York Times world leaders were gathering for a photo with a predetermined standing order.
Trump, who unlike other leaders at the summit is not planning to address reporters, did not respond to shouted questions as to whether the United Kingdom can trust the US with sensitive material.
The E.U.'s two leaders who share the job of running the bloc of 28 countries, the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, also met President Trump today.
The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism, immigration, threats from Russian Federation and those along NATO's eastern and southern borders, the president said.
Jets blazed over Brussels and NATO's gleaming new headquarters this afternoon, the flags of all 28 member states making a show of unity.
And NATO's secretary general announced two points on the meeting's agenda that many interpret as nods to Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also publicly aired her disagreement with Trump's immigration stance, saying that shared values, not "isolation and the building of walls that makes us successful".
Trump had lunch with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been critical of the Republican president.