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Donald Trump to push NATO on Military Spending

Thursday, July 12th 2018 - 05:22 UTC
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Trump told European allies they should increase their defense spending, claiming that the U.S. is financing Europe’s defense while Germany pays billons on Russian energy. Trump told European allies they should increase their defense spending, claiming that the U.S. is financing Europe’s defense while Germany pays billons on Russian energy.
 “The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade,” President Trump wrote. “The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade,” President Trump wrote.
He laid into Germany for not spending more on its military while becoming increasingly dependent on Russia for its energy needs. He laid into Germany for not spending more on its military while becoming increasingly dependent on Russia for its energy needs.

Amid tense relations with some NATO members and conflictive economic relations with China due the “America First” policy, United States President Donald Trump criticized European Allies on Wednesday in Brussels.

 Mr. Trump accused Germany of being “captive to Russia” and demanding that all NATO members double their military spending targets to 4 percent of their country's economic output.

On the first day of meetings with NATO leaders, Donald Trump told European allies they should increase their defense spending, claiming that the U.S. is financing Europe’s defense while Germany pays billons on Russian energy.

Trump again demanded that the allies all meet their commitment to raise their military budgets to 2 percent of their economic output by 2024, but then further stepped up the pressure by saying they should make it 4 percent.

”We should first get to 2%,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that eight of the 29 allies were meeting that target, while others had a plan to do - turning a leaf on years of defense budget cuts.

“What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?” the president wrote on Twitter, after typing “Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade.”

He laid into Germany for not spending more on its military while becoming increasingly dependent on Russia for its energy needs. His criticism was based on Germany’s deal to import natural gas from Russia via a new pipeline.

“Frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they’re delinquent, as far as I’m concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them,” President Trump said in Brussels, mischaracterizing how the commitments for NATO military spending work.

U.S.’s mandatory approach has fueled concern among his critics at home and abroad that he is intent on deconstructing the postwar order and replacing it with an “America First” breed of transactional diplomacy.

His comments came at a time when Trump’s own ties to Russia are under scrutiny and as he is also waging a spreading trade war that has ensnared allies — including NATO members like Canada and Germany — as well as foes and competitors like China.

This retaliation against allies and Russia comes just days before Donald Trump will meet Vladimir Putin will in Finland on July 16 for their first summit meeting.

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  • :o))

    REF: “pushing NATO on Military Spending”:

    For what?

    For an Arms-Race with Russia/China?

    No matter how much NATO whines; with the Oil-Supplying pipelines; Russia has the Europeans by their balls.

    It's practically impossible for the NATO to face Russia or China in a war - conventional &/or cyber - on any soil. A war which already is lost even before it begins!

    A war with China could also be economy-based. With the Chinese Products+Services reaching their doorstep - quickly & cheaply - by rail/roads; Europe has no other better alternative than China as a major supplier.

    China is virtually surrounding the NATO - geographically - by making their presence felt in each & every continent and is particularly next door to the USA; by gathering strength in Latin America [Venezuela].

    Both Russia & China have repeatedly crossed the so-called “Red-Line” on a number of occasions and still, the US+EU did nothing much besides protesting to the UN.

    Increasing the Military Spending to combat terrorism? Maybe. Combat? Yes. Eliminate? NEVER!

    Increasing the Military Spending to combat Drugs+Arms Trafficking? To begin with, the USA+EU already ARE the biggest “importers” of Drugs and the major exporters of Arms to the Cartels. By increasing the budget; it is quite likely that The Cartels get even more affluent, more influential & more powerful. There already are ample cases to prove that each & every country is losing the war on drugs!

    So while increasing their budget; they also may have to look for a new enemy which definitely is unknown so far.

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 04:12 pm +1
  • :o))

    Ever wondered why D. T. had a generous change of heart [+ a change of his soiled undy] and decided NOT to attack Venezuela after all?

    With Russia+China solidly behind [plans to reap harvests] Venezuela; who would dare to attack Venezuela? No wonder he couldn't justify his soiled undy!

    Jul 13th, 2018 - 07:56 pm +1
  • DemonTree

    A stupid idea, but it's probably just a negotiating ploy.

    I don't think Germany are gonna be cutting their ties to Russia anytime soon, knowing America can't be trusted to keep their promises. Trump won't even enforce the sanctions the Republican Congress voted for.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 01:36 pm 0
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