Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Behind President Trump's claim of new funding from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members

Behind President Trump's claim of new funding from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending.

He said countries had agreed to increase their defence spending to the 2 per cent figure, though some delegates had to go back home to get approval for the change.

The United States pays more than any other member on defense - about 3.5 percent on NATO-related measures and 67 percent overall.

Currently, Canada spends between.9 and 1.3 per cent of its GDP on defence, depending on how that is calculated. US Turkish relations have recently been strained because of issues ranging from Syria to Iran, but some diplomats say the two leaders - both criticised for their polarising politics - have established a bond. Wednesday's agreement, he said, "confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

The US president made the statement when asked if he had threatened to pull out of the alliance, and whether he thought he could do so without first consulting Congress.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish". "'Is he a friend?' No, I don't know him well enough, but the couple of times I've gotten to meet him, we got along very well, you saw that", Trump told reporters Thursday when asked about his relationship with Putin ahead of their planned summit Monday. A source close to Macron said Trump had voiced his "personal attachment" to Europe and gave "rather positive and constructive messages" to his allies.

The populist core of his coalition is fueled in part by anger over what his supporters consider unfair treatment of the United States on matters of trade, immigration, and global affairs. I'm very strong on immigration.

Merkel told reporters there followed a discussion with assurances to Trump that spending was increasing - something he later acknowledged was happening at an unprecedented rate.

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He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

He has also accused the country of being held prisoner to imported Russian energy, saying it is "totally controlled" by Moscow.

Trump emerged declaring his continued commitment to a Western alliance built on US military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War Two.

Mützenich went on to explain patiently why building a new gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Europe made economic sense for Germany, and contrasted Trump's "intimidation attempts" to the more diplomatic approach from Ukraine, whose government has its own concerns about Nord Stream 2.

During the meetings, he demanded via tweet that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend four per cent of their gross domestic product on defence - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

But Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday. "I'm a very stable genius".

'And I told them today the EU - the European Union - better be very careful because immigration is taking over Europe and they'd better be very, very careful.

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