Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump says he is ‘stable genius’ after securing extra North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funding

Trump says he is ‘stable genius’ after securing extra North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funding

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security. So in a way, yes, he can claim credit for this because he's already been given credit for it two days ago.

The interview was so surprising, Trump's press officer Sarah Sanders issued a statement overnight Thursday to clarify the president's attitude toward May.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg demurred when asked what Trump had accomplished, saying the allies "agree that we need to deliver on our commitments". The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024.

After a tense first day, Trump didn't ease up on the second. But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe.

The alliance, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all, was set up at the height of the Cold War, as a counterbalance to the Warsaw Pact between the Soviets and their satellite states.

He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States". "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defence, singling out Germany for particular criticism.

U.S. President Donald Trump began talks Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her retreat in Chequers, after a rather frank interview he gave to a newspaper that renounced her Brexit plan.

Pressed by reporters about whether he threatened to pull out of NATO, Trump acknowledged, "It was a little tough for a little while". And should there be a discussion of raising it? - which is something that President Trump has suggested, as you say - raising it to say 4 percent. Greece, for example, exceeds the 2 percent spending goal but fails on the equipment measure.

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"The fact is that we have a commitment to increase defense spending". And tremendous progress has been made. "They're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before".

Trump said he had been "extremely unhappy" with allies' low levels of defense spending before the summit, but was pleased "they have substantially upped their commitment" during a "fantastic" unscheduled crisis meeting on Thursday morning.

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London. I don't. I'm very consistent.

When he was asked by a reporter whether he would change his tune about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation once he boarded Air Force One and got on Twitter - a reference to his turnaround after a Group of Seven summit in Canada last month - Trump said he would not and called himself a "very stable genius". "The final declaration has been signed by all 29 members of the alliance, including the USA", the French minister noted.

"President Trump is the leader of a great country". Does it benefit the any way?

It's an uncomfortable environment for May, who is facing her own political unrest outside of Trump's visit.

Trump later called the meeting a "success". "He is thankful for the wonderful welcome from the Prime Minister here in the U.K".

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship.

May's office said it would not comment on The Sun article during a greeting when Trump met May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to review a military exercise.

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