North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 13, 2018,
Jul 13, 2018, 18:46
Tensions rose on the final day of the two-day summit, when members met in an emergency session amid demands from Trump to speed up defense spending.
It remains to be seen whether Trump really meant it about consistency, when it comes to soccer, however.
In the end, however, Mr. Trump agreed to NATO's 23-page declaration that said it would boost defense spending, and reconfirmed their outrage over Moscow's invasion of the Crimea, and maintaining sanctions on Russian Federation.
At the news conference, Trump went on to call North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "a fine-tuned machine", a phrase he has used to describe his often-chaotic administration, and said that "NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago".
"The commitment was at two percent and that'll be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters she's comfortable with the Trump-Putin summit, but it "depends very much on outcomes".
Crimea was annexed from Ukraine by Putin in 2014.
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the USA ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are staying in London on July 12.
He continued to criticize Germany over an $11 billion pipeline deal with Russian Federation. Trump tweeted this morning before the second day of talks.
Ahead of his Monday meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Trump called the Russian president a "competitor" when asked if he considered Putin a friend or a foe.
"The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".
And when he emerged, he gave this press conference that was big on triumphant rhetoric and light on details. "I think 4 percent is the right number". "I don't know that is what they voted for".
Questioned repeatedly about Trump's unpredictable demands, Macron injected a note of gravity, underlining that NATO's work is important, that it involves the lives of men and women - U.S. Corporal Joseph Maciel from California was killed in an insider attack in southern Afghanistan last weekend - and must not be taken lightly.
But since coming to power a year ago, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.
He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States". It will be Trump's first working visit to the United Kingdom since he became President, and massive protests in London are expected.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump as saying "I'll do my own thing" if spending is not immediately increased. Trump's beef is that his allies in this alliance on the whole spend less than 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense while the USA spends about 3.57 or more, as Trump calculates it.
"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron told reporters. Trump called it "a fantastic meeting", speaking at a news conference Thursday before flying to Britain. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.
"I think it is a terrible mistake and as much as like Angela I was very open about saying it".