Monday, 19 November, 2018

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation survives Trump, but the turmoil is leaving scars

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Riga Latvia on Monday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Riga Latvia on Monday
Gerardo Duncan | 14 July, 2018, 09:00

Rosenstein, who said he had briefed President Donald Trump on the indictment, said there was no allegation that the hacking altered any vote count or that any Americans were knowingly in communication with any of the Russian officers.

However Trump had already taken the credit for an additional rise in spending, saying "for years presidents have been coming and talked about" the plan, but since he became president "we are doing numbers like they've never been done before".

"President Trump is the leader of a great country".

TRUMP, speaking Friday after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit marked by his scorching rhetoric and capped by a contentious emergency meeting: "There was a lot of love in that room".

Following the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was careful not to contradict the president's claim of a substantial increase in spending but was only able to directly point to members' existing 2 percent commitments.

However, Mr Trump's intervention prompted an immediate response, with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members going into an emergency session while the US President held a remarkable press conference where he said: "We are doing numbers like we've never seen before".

That said, the most recent major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployments have been in support of USA -led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in the wake of the September 11 attacks. "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

Mr Trump said he would be discussing the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, as well as allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Including that commitment, however, Canada's current defence spending plans are only expected to bring it to 1.4 per cent of GDP, well short of the Wales target.

Mr Trump's decision to meet Mr Putin was widely seen as a blow to her attempts to isolate Russian Federation following the Salisbury incident in March.

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".

US President Donald Trump on Thursday repeated his claim that he is a "very stable genius". I didn't think they put it in, but that's all right.

Trump blazed into the summit on Wednesday by demanding that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two percent of GDP "immediately"-instead of by 2024 as previously agreed".

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

Trump reiterated Friday that he is not going into the meeting with high expectations, but he said the two leaders would also discuss "a number of things", including cuts to nuclear weapons arsenals.

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century". She wanted to go a different route.

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