Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Trump Declares Himself 'Genius' After NATO Meeting

Trump Declares Himself 'Genius' After NATO Meeting

"Since President Trump was in Brussels last spring allies have added 41 billion extra for defence spending".

Before leaving for the Nato Summit in Brussels Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted, "The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".

US President Donald Trump lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, accusing it being a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, criticism that overshadowed a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit meeting in Brussels.

Mr. Trump has also been harshly critical of German Chanceller Angela Merkel, tweeting in June that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked.

Trump repeated demands on the second day of the summit for countries to meet a spending target of two percent of GDP now, instead of by 2024, and to eventually double spending to four percent. The figure is non-binding, and the goal was to reach it by 2024, not immediately.

But Mrs. Merkel "has benefited at home from Mr. Trump's attacks, since the US president is deeply unpopular among the German electorate, as he is with voters across much of Western Europe", The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Then he claimed "total credit" for increases in defence spending, although they were in fact agreed in 2014, and warned that "NATO is helping Europe more than it is helping us", in language that did not make a public case for unity. Trump said that this goal should be met by January.


The NATO summit follows last month's equally tense Group of Seven meeting in Canada, in which members clashed with Trump over his trade policies and the president received criticism for calling for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the group.

He said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday".

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

He seemed to suggest a speeded-up timeline, saying nations would be "spending at a much faster clip", which if it panned out would mark a significant milestone for the alliance. "Tremendous progress has been made". Trump offered Thursday that "people have stepped up today like they've never stepped up before".

McCain then ticked off a series by transgressions by Putin, including the "attack" on the US election and efforts "to undermine democratic institutions throughout the world". And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked. "I'm very strong on immigration". "Bring a friend, if you have one", the socialist playwright penned in a note to the conservative prime minister. It will be Trump's first working visit to the United Kingdom since he became President, and massive protests in London are expected.

Trump pointed to the texts to label the ongoing investigation a "rigged witch hunt", and said the probe "really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation".

Interviewed before he left Brussels for the U.K, Trump accused May of ruining what her country stands to gain from its Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

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