Make peace great again: Brussels protests against Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation visit

Jul 10, 2018, 02:16
Make peace great again: Brussels protests against Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation visit

Christian Lindner, head of the pro-business Free Democrats, told Deutschlandfunk in an interview that he did not trust Trump, and his actions on trade and in the security arena were not in the United States' long term interest.

"We have a 2.5 percent tariff on them".

Mr Trump said many countries were "nowhere close" to their commitment to spend two per cent of GDP on defence, and "by some accounts the U.S. is paying for 90 per cent of Nato".

Regional experts have questioned the success of the Trump-Kim meeting, in which the president agreed to suspend USA military exercises with South Korea but appeared to get little in return.

House Armed Services ranking member Adam Smith said Wednesday it appeared "the president is trying to reorient US foreign policy towards Russian Federation and away from our democratic allies in Europe". Still, Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a weekly podcast Saturday, said Germany would increase defense spending in its 2019 budget, suggesting that Trump's complaints are paying off.

Although it's been somewhat of a running joke among Democrats, and even some Republicans in Washington, that President Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are "best buds", a new Washington Post article published this weekend, sheds further light on what appears to be a somewhat friendly relationship between the two.

Donald Trump didn't do all of this alone - the rise of Moscow-sympathizing nationalist governments in Central Europe, and the U.K.'s self-inflicted Brexit wound also sapped NATO's ability to offer what it claims to stand for.

"NATO really is making progress, and they are doing it really at President Trump's insistence", Hutchinson said on "Fox News Sunday". Germany has kept defense spending at just 1.2 percent of GDP in recent years.

Peter Beyer, transatlantic coordinator for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, told a German newspaper chain that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states had not been included in the planning for the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.

"I don't think he has a choice". If you, America, want out, then we, Russia, are willing to step in. One official who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity said "we're entering with our eyes wide open" but "the ball really is in Russia's court" when it comes to changing their behavior.

This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) together during a break in their talks at the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore.

Second, Putin will blame all of the problems in U.S. -Russia relations on Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

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