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President calls for energy deal between Russia and the European countries at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Heads of government of NATO countries pledged to increase their “unwavering commitment” to defense spending on Wednesday, following the strict words of President Trump to criticize European leaders for spending too little.
The United States and the European Nato countries signed a Declaration, stating that they are “committed to the improvement of the balance of the distribution of the costs and responsibilities of membership in the Alliance.”
The statement comes after a confrontation and angry discussions between Trump and the other heads of government of NATO countries.
Since the election of the Trump criticized NATO countries for the pay not their fair share, while suggesting he would only come to the defense of the NATO countries that fulfil their financial obligations.
Trump has also NATO countries to meet the down your goal of spending 2 percent of gross domestic products on defense, up to the year 2024. NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark based on the current trends.
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As NATO vows to achieve these objectives, Trump more.
Via Twitter, he called for the members to achieve the 2-percent commitment immediately. And in a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Trump, at the summit “proposed to said that countries not only honour their commitment to the 2 percent of their GDP for defense spending, but increase it to 4 per cent. Trump wants to see our allies share to meet the burden to a minimum, the already mentioned obligations.”
Before you sit down for the first official meeting of the day, the President engaged in a petulant exchange with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He expressed why the US should continue to pay money to the military Alliance, while the countries of the energy from Moscow.
“We are stronger together,” Stoltenberg said, that although there may be differences between the allies.
“But how can you be together, if you get energy from the group that you want to protect?” Trump responded, with Germany as an example. Trump urged Stoltenberg to explain why Berlin was always energy from Russia, and claimed that Germany was in control of “Total” and “trapped in Russia” on a pipeline project.
The pipeline project Nord Stream-2 pipeline, doubled the amount of gas that Russia directly to Germany while avoiding transit countries such as Ukraine. The project is opposed by the United States and some members of the European Union.
“We will protect you against Russia, yet you make this deal with Russia,” Trump said, Germany. “Explain. It can’t be explained.”
Trump follow on Twitter: “What is NATO, if Germany pays Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries met their commitment? The USA will have to pay for Europe’s protection, then loses billion on the trade. Must pay 2% of the GDP now, not in 2025.”
What good is NATO if Germany pays Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries met their commitment? The USA will have to pay for Europe’s protection, then loses billion on the trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not until 2025.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 11. July 2018
The former Secretary of state John Kerry later on Trump ‘ s blown up comments on Germany as “weird” and “counterproductive.”
“It was shameful, harmful, and flies in the face of the actual interests of the United States of America,” Kerry said in a statement, the Trump phrase, “America said this morning.”
My thoughts on President Trump’s remarks in Brussels this morning: pic.twitter.com/x0k3k0lOkA
— John Kerry (@John Kerry) 11. July 2018
“He is always the destruction of that said, our reputation in the world,” Kerry said, adding that Trump displayed a “woeful ignorance” of European defence spending.
Expectation over has built up for weeks, how confrontational the meeting could, given the U.S. President the complaints about the trade and the NATO allies military budgets-and as the summit probably compare it to Trump the planned meeting in Finland with Russia is Vladimir Putin.
The meeting has riled Democrats in Washington in the middle of the probe over Russian interference in the election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted on Wednesday: “President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone.”
The summit in Brussels is the first stop on Trump to avenge the four-country tour of Europe, where tensions rose over the rates and the possible trade war between the European Union and the United States implemented a steel Trump rates of 25 percent and 10 percent of aluminum imports, and the EU is pushing.
The President met first with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, said the United States and France “will continue to work together.” Trump said they discussed their “tremendous relationships”, and talked about the trade.
Trump also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The President told reporters that they discussed the expenditures for the military and for trade, and propagated by their “good relationship.”
The next stop on the president’s tour is in the UK, right in the middle of a stormy climate for Prime Minister Theresa May. The government is in turmoil over their plans for leaving the European Union.
This week, the Minister Boris Johnson May British foreign stunningly resigned in the midst of the growing room and its handling of the UK leaving the EU. Johnson came less than 24 hours after the Escape, Secretary David Davis and junior Brexit minister Steve Baker, left their posts to protest how the government is dealing with Leakage.
Trump suggested Tuesday that he might meet with Johnson, as he’s over there. Trump, have been clamoring for his support of the Brexit, the is going to, Maybe on Friday.
Trump’s tour continues with a stop in Scotland over the weekend, closing with his last stop in Helsinki, Finland on Monday for its much-anticipated summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump suggested that his meeting with Putin, the “simplest” stop on the European tour, could, after confrontational talks with NATO and EU leaders.
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Kristin brown, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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