Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the USA gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.

The Reuters sources said Mr. Trump did not go as far as to threaten to pull the United States out of the transatlantic defense alliance - as some European organizations reported - but officials told the Associated Press that his demands for increased national defense spending were enough to prompt North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials to declare an emergency session in Brussels on Thursday.

The president again described Putin as a competitor, declining to characterize the longtime US adversary as an enemy even as he said he hopes one day they might even be friends.

US President Donald Trump launched a strong verbal attack on Germany on Wednesday (11 July) for its support to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, aimed at bringing more Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Trump's comments came amid reports that he had warned leaders at an emergency session that the United States could pull out of the alliance if other members failed to increase their contributions.

"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said.

In remarks later during the summit, however, President Trump increased pressure on allies over burden sharing, calling on allies to double defense spending targets to 4 percent, the White House confirmed. She let it be known that she didn't need any lessons from Donald Trump on how to deal with authoritarian regimes considering she grew up in East Germany, back when it was under the influence of the Soviet Union.

It follows accusations in the U.S., since Trump's 2016 presidential election win, that he owes his victory to the Russian president and that there may have been collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "We should first get to two percent", adding that eight of the 29 allies were meeting that target.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!" The paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. That summit turned into a fiasco when Trump took aim at the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, soon after he departed the meeting.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday. "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

The alliance lists the spending an estimated 3.5 percent of its GDP on its military budget this year. But that wasn't all that Trump hit allies about.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, who was on the trip, said in an interview that he had particular concerns about the possibility of Russian media entities misreporting the outcome of any one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin.

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