Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", French President Emmanuel Macron said.

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, " Trump said, referring to the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He said only that they were "great people". All I can say is: "Did you?"

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Mr. Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

"I think he has to expect they're going to deny, deny everything", the South Dakotan said. "And I know that's valued very highly over here and people can disagree strongly and still go out to dinner".

"It's got to be more than a photo op".

US officials told Reuters that the White House is preparing another review of strategy in Afghanistan, just a year after Trump hesitantly extended the involvement in America's longest war.

And NBC reports GOP Sen.

"Amb. Huntsman is a tremendous asset. China, Singapore and now Russian Federation", he said.

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It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".

The former USA secretary of state and MA senator questioned if the president, who has long railed against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, understood the "huge difference" the group has made for the United States and Europe.

"We call upon [North Korea] to fully implement its worldwide obligations; to eliminate its nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities and ballistic missiles, and abandon all related programmes", the statement said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, full champagne flute in hand, came over to greet the first lady, and the two talked for several minutes.

Funding has averaged at about $1 billion annually and Stoltenberg has said he expected that level to be met. He noted that he had met with Trump the evening before and they discussed increasing the US troop presence in Poland. Some were less enthused by how he delivered it, however. He said it was "a little tough for a little while" and that he had told the Europeans he would be "very unhappy" if they did not up their spending "substantially".

The conversation was "positive", one official said. John McCain at home in Arizona, agreed.

Leaders will be keen to hear more about Trump's military approach to Afghanistan, which he revamped last August to include a surge in air strikes to force Taliban militants to the negotiating table. "Pipeline dollars to Russian Federation are not acceptable!" he wrote.

Inhofe, however, opted against giving the president any advice for his Monday summit with Putin.

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