Trump claims victory after forcing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation crisis talks, lands in London

Glen Norman
July 14, 2018

And we made clear, well, I made clear for myself and others also made it clear, that we are on this path, which is in our own interest and can make us overall stronger.

Furthermore, President Trump suggested that the US pays as much as 90 percent of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budget, which simply isn't true.

It's an open question why President Trump would see Rosenstein as a threat.

Trump has taken an aggressive tone during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, questioning the value of an alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defence spending.

DONALD Trump sowed chaos in Brussels as he demanded other nations massively increase their spending, triggering an emergency budget meeting.


During a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday as the mass demonstrations kicked off, Trump-who was briefed on the 12 indictments earlier this week-said he plans to ask Putin about his alleged role in election meddling but doesn't expect Putin to make any admissions.

"It's a big F-U from [special prosecutor Robert] Mueller", a White House official told Politico, adding that it "wasn't an accident" that the indictments were announced before the Helsinki summit. "After we're at 2 percent, we'll start talking about going higher".

A source briefed on Mr Trump's meeting with fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations told the New York Times the President had said that if the other countries did not meet the target by January, the U.S. "would go it alone".

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.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday also 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.


The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Negotiations would then be widened to include members of both delegations, he said, adding that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold parallel talks in Helsinki with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo.

Stoltenberg, who has seemed eager to heap praise on President Trump for increases in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funding in public settings, again said that "his strong message is having a clear impact, allies are increasing defense spending".

Air Force One has landed at London Stansted Airport, where Trump is beginning a four-day visit to the country.

US intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. She wanted to go a different route. "I don't know that is what they voted for".


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