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NATO allies express shock as Trump demands double defence spending

United States President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught North Atlantic Treat Organisation (NATO) summit yesterday by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments.

Trump’s surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a “captive” of Russia because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.

The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance’s most difficult in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence. NATO allies agreed at their Wales summit in 2014 to try to spend two percent of GDP on defence within 10 years, but the White House said Trump suggested that was not enough.

“During the president’s remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of two percent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to four percent,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

“The president raised this same issue when he was at NATO last year. President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations.”
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev confirmed that Trump had made the demand and asked what it meant for the future of the alliance that has been the bedrock of European security for 70 years.

“NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security. NATO is an alliance of sovereign countries united by strategic targets and common values,” he told reporters.

All 29 NATO leaders including Trump backed a joint statement committing themselves to greater “burden sharing” and to the alliance’s founding commitment that an attack on one member is an attack on them all with no mention of the four percent.

Trump arrived on the back of a barrage of criticism of Europe on issues ranging from trade to energy and above all his claims that the continent freeloads on the back of America for its defence.

He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg. “Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised.

“Everybody’s talking about it all over the world, they’re saying we’re paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you’re paying billions of dollars to Russia.” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she knew what it meant to be under Kremlin domination and Germany had the right to make its own policy choices. “I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union,” she said.

“I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions.” The pair later met for a one-on-one meeting and while Trump insisted they had a “very very good relationship”, their frosty body language suggested otherwise. Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an “exchange of views” with Trump.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 12th July 2018 at 6:14 am

    Nato of 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. Countries of EU existence securities and freedom in this 21st century world international order is only under a union of EU and relations with Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe or a union with North America and remain in American bondage and dictatorship mess. Every cent countries of EU invested in Nato is a waste in this 21st century world international order. America occupation of Germany under 20th century world international order is over and gone forever. America must vacate Germany territorial sovereign state now under 21st century world international order or lose its occupation instruments to Germany under 21st century world international order. Germany is a free country in this 21st century world international order. America must vacate Southern Countries Union- SCU territorial sovereign states which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 12th July 2018 at 8:32 am

    Trump and America has lost the war. America occupation of Germany under 20th century world international order is over and gone forever. America must vacate Germany territorial sovereign state now or lose its occupation instruments to Germany. Germany is a free country in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 12th July 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Trump pointing finger to Russia, Iran as threat to countries of EU in this 21st century world international order, is cheap politics of ignorance and illiteracy, an insult to intelligence of countries of EU in this 21st century world international order. The only threat of countries of EU in this 21st century world international order is America occupation of EU territorial sovereign states in disguise under so-called Nato etc. Russia, Iran under Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe is not threat to countries of EU in this 21st century world international order. Countries of EU existence securities and freedom is rather under a union of EU and relations with Southern Countries Union- SCU. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 12th July 2018 at 10:45 pm

    America is deceiving countries of EU with falsehood pointing to Russia etc. as threat to countries of EU, so as to occupied EU territorial sovereign states in disguise with the instrument of the so-called Nato. America is the threat of countries of EU in this 21st century world international order. The so-called Nato is the fundamental instrument America will use against countries of EU in this 21st century world international order, if countries of EU remain in the dead Nato of 20th century world international order in this 21st century world international order, if America military remain in territorial sovereign states of EU. Existence securities and freedom of countries of EU in this 21st century world international order is only under a union of EU and relations with Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa or a union with North America and remain in American bondage and dictatorship mess. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

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