Trump bashes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members: Who pays what?

Trump bashes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members: Who pays what?

Speaking at the start of a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's secretary-general, Mr. Trump said the US was "spending far too much" on defense.

"We are stronger together", Stoltenberg insisted, but acknowledged that there can be differences among allies.

"So, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries", the president said.

Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, and several high-level investigations are examining the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Trump asserted that a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia".

Last month, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that while United States politicians are accusing Europe of being dependent on Russian gas, Washington was force-feeding Europe its liquefied natural gas, which is three times more expensive than natural gas from Russia.

Washington and some European Union countries oppose the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.

Still, the administration official said, Trump would likely reiterate USA support for the NATO treaty's Article 5, a provision that means an attack against one ally is considered an attack against all of them. Trump believes the project will give Russian Federation "inappropriate" levels of control over Germany. "It can't be explained".

Mr. Tusk's challenge to the president appeared more reflective of the European Union than of Poland, where Mr. Trump is relatively popular and leaders are lobbying for a major US military presence in their country. "Very Unfair!" he tweeted today.

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The United Kingdom, with its eye on Brexit, is most likely to side with Mr. Trump, said Michael C. Desch, director of the Notre Dame International Security Center.

Trump has called upon North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to meet commitments to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense.

His comments were linked to the president's push for other European countries to pay more for its defence needs, in particular Germany.

After concluding his business in Brussels, he will spend three days in the U.K. He will then fly to Helsinki, Finland, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Italy's new populist government lines up squarely with Mr. Trump on a range of issues, including a firm stance to stop the mass immigration that is vexing Europe.

"Dear President Trump, America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe".

With tensions in the Western defence alliance already running high over Trump's demands for more contributions to ease the burden on USA taxpayers, and a nationalistic stance that has seen trade disputes threaten economic growth in Europe, the latest remarks will fuel concerns among allies over the US role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War Two.

Some NATO members have previously pushed back, saying the United States is also protecting its own interests by protecting its allies. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "I want to compliment the secretary general, he's worked very hard on this problem". And President Trump's told reporters that in the end he thinks everything will fine.

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.

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