Trump Slams NATO Spending on Eve of Departure for Summit

Posted July 11, 2018

He vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defence while blocking U.S. imports into the bloc, the world's biggest market. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted Monday morning, previewing his message in Brussels.

Jans said it is vital to discuss not just how much countries are spending but if they are doing so in a way that makes them able to work together.

Trump's tweet, which was the third one he directed against America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on Tuesday alone, reveals a profound misunderstanding of how North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funding actually works. Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defence, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility.

"'We don't have to tick off all that Vladimir Putin has done", Smith said. Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation. At the G7 meeting, Trump reportedly said, "NATO is as bad as NAFTA", according to Axios. He expects seven more to reach the target by 2024.

Defense spending among the 29 nations belonging to the transatlantic military alliance increased to an estimated 2.42% of gross domestic product (GDP), up from 2.4% in 2016, the organization said earlier this year.

"NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS". That includes running numerous military bases, missile defense systems, training operations, and more. "It's much too costly for the U.S". Instead, years of defense cuts followed, after the 2008 financial crisis. Crimea belongs to Ukraine.

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In the aftermath of Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014 and its subsequent military incursion into eastern Ukraine, the Pentagon ramped up joint exercises in eastern and central Europe and spent billions on what it calls the European Deterrence Initiative aimed at Russian Federation.

Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed his anger some European countries, the United Kingdom excepted, do not spend at least two per cent of GDP on defence. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

Tusk outlined the ways in which Europe has stood by the U.S. in recent years, including after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Germany has also recently announced it will boost its presence in Afghanistan, from about 1,000 troops to 1,300 troops.

"There is a communication problem there", he said, adding that the controversial moves could have the adverse effect of making it hard for European leaders to legislate to increase their defense budgets. In Mr Comey's experience Mr Trump was a leader who demanded loyalty oaths, wanted absolute control, traded in lies and insisted on an us-versus-them worldview.

On another front, Trump has connected the defense issue with trade, criticizing Europe for a $150 billion trade surplus (though it can also be calculated as $100 billion) and trade barriers. "This antagonistic approach is generating an unprecedented debate in Europe and in Canada about whether the United States should be treated as friend or foe", she said.

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