Trump claims defense money is pouring into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after speech
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 22:35
"But it doesn't work when dealing with allies", she said. The president was warmly received on his opening stops in Saudi Arabia and Israel, though he has come under more pressure in Europe, particularly over the Paris accord.Trump is wrapping up his first trip overseas as president and returning to the US on Saturday.He could also be drawn into commenting on those unflattering moments and images from the trip that have been picked apart by the global press - Trump shoving his way to the front of the pack at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; hot-mic moments on the tarmac with Bibi in Tel Aviv; his wife swatting away his hand; calling the Germans "very bad". "And you are the ones who protect the God-given freedoms that are the birthright of every single American child". And on Russian Federation, he did not insist on removing - as some allies had feared - the threat of additional sanctions for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.
"I can think of no better way to conclude our first foreign trip than to spend the time with you right here with the incredible men and women of the United States Navy and with all of our courageous soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and our great civilians who support them", Trump said.
The Paris Agreement is broader than any previous climate accord. Cohn would not commit to a timetable for a decision.
"And not paying in those past years", Trump said in Brussels.
Trump tweeted Saturday, "Many NATO countries have agreed to step up payments considerably, as they should".
Trump, who will return to the White House under a cloud of scandal, started Saturday at the second day of the G-7 summit in Sicily, bringing to an end a nine-day trip that started in Saudi Arabia and Israel before moving on to three European stops. Trump also failed to mention Russian Federation, which remains NATO's raison d'etre in the eyes of most Europeans. What the Sicily stay will likely not offer: a news conference, as Trump appears set to defy presidential tradition and not hold one during the entire trip. The meeting with Merkel came just a day after Trump reportedly called Germans "bad".
He touted his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and characterized his meeting with Pope Francis as a "great talk".
Trump said he had helped forge more worldwide cooperation in the fight against Islamist militants, a threat he said was underscored by a suicide bomber in Manchester, England, and the killing of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
Beyond the rhetoric, Trump's body language also confounded his hosts.
Regarding Trump's trip, the administration touted the president's efforts to birth a new coalition to fight terrorism and his admonishment of partners in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to pay their fair share.
Saving "many billions of dollars" likely refers to the arms deal Trump brokered with Saudi Arabia, which totaling close to $110 billion was one of the largest in history.
"The president was able to make some of the most awesome deals that have really been made by any administration ever", enthused his economic adviser Gary Cohn.
"The president's only been in office for a certain period of time, and they respect that", Cohn said.