Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Mr. Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were ever attacked.

TRUMP: "Because of me, they've raised about $40 billion over the previous year." - remarks about NATO-member spending on defense at breakfast with Stoltenberg.

A White House spokeswoman said his remarks came as he was urging leaders to increase their outlays on defence and were not a formal proposal.

The summit declaration signed by the 29 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders reiterated the alliance's full support for the goal of "complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

Duda said he would be "shocked" if Trump made any move would decrease the region's security.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had fought alongside Americans in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

"I think President Trump is doing this on a level that would make a lot of Republicans nervous", he speculated. "I would think that Putin would be very well prepared, obviously, with answers ... that they've been thinking about for a long time".

Sources close to the talks told DW's Teri Schultz that Trump demanded European NATO members meet the alliance target immediately, rather than increase spending gradually as agreed to at a previous NATO summit in 2014.

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The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Mr. Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland.

The U.S. Embassy has warned Americans to be careful in London during Trump's visit, recommending that they "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".

Gen. Wesley Clark told CNN's Jake Tapper Wednesday, that President Donald Trump has no real ability to scold Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed.

Woody Johnson, the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom, dismissed the significance of the protests, telling Fox News that one of the reasons the two countries are so close "is because we have the freedoms that we've all fought for". They're getting so much of the oil and gas from Russian Federation. And he called alliance members "delinquent" on their contributions to NATO's budget.

Duda also told reporters Thursday that the leaders' meetings were confidential and that he was surprised at other leaders who leaked details to the media.

"People are saying, 'He's picking on Germany.' Well, he was", Inhofe said with a chuckle, criticizing the German government for "not even trying to" meet a pledge to devote more to NATO's coffers.

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