Schumer Calls On Trump To Cancel Putin Summit After Russian Indictments
Jul 14 2018 by Lorena Waters
Seriously, what did we expect?
PresidentDonald Trump's trip to Europe brought him into conflict not only with other leaders, but at times with himself, as he alternately denounced policies of his counterparts and praised them fulsomely.
Trump launched his blunt attack against Germany on the very first day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that took place in Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday, saying it was wrong to back importing more Russian gas and not meeting the Nato's target for defence spending.
Washington's contribution to the $2.8bn North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budget, paying for its headquarters and other running costs, is around 22%.
Today, Finland has moved further toward the West than it was during the Cold War: the country is a member of the European Union and has contributed to several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation missions even though it's not a formal member of the alliance.
Trump himself said that "the USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains very strong" and withdrawing was "unnecessary". The episode was so cringe-inducing, even Trump's own staff was trying to pretend they were anywhere else.
"Let's go to John Roberts of Fox [instead]". As if that's a better reason for an adult to be upset during a meal.
But Macron disputed Trump's claims, saying that the joint statement the leaders had signed went no further than what had previously been agreed, apart from setting out how some countries plan to get there.
The charges put an even greater spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has denied making efforts to intervene in the USA election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.
"I think it's an important metric, amongst many others, to gauge how countries are doing in terms of contributors to NATO", Trudeau said.
"Cancel the Putin meeting". What's that saying about the pot calling the kettle "beholden to Russian Federation", again?
However, the U.S. president said he wanted May to ensure there are "no restrictions" to trade, in the latest sign that the United Kingdom would have to lower its standards in areas like agriculture in order to strike a wide-ranging trade deal with the US.
"We welcome the considerable progress made since the Wales Summit with four consecutive years of real growth in non-US defence expenditure", states the communique.
"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure.
Like when Trump reasserted his argument that Germany is "totally controlled" by Russian Federation. Trump claimed that member nations owe the United States money - they don't.
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".
Getty ImagesIt was all for nothing?
Trump also told The Sun that May had ignored his advice on Brexit, telling the paper that "I would have done it much differently".
At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security. "But I'll very firmly ask the question".
Mission accomplished? Apparently not. "This year at least eight of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have committed to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defense and a majority of our allies have plans to do so by 2024", he said.