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Trump calls on NATO countries to spend more money on defence

Trump calls on NATO countries to spend more money on defence

23 NATO countries, the U.s. taxpayer “massive amounts” owed, because they the USA have to pay for the collective security. They need their “chronic wanbetalen” in October.

That said the American president Donald Trump on Thursday at the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump was referring to the member states that are less than 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defence spending. All the NATO countries promised there in 2014 within ten years to go to work. They have their fair share and pay their promises, said Trump.

According to him, is 2 percent, given the current “evil threats to the absolute minimum.” The netherlands spends less than 1.2 per cent of gdp on defence.

Trump unveiled the “9/11 and Article 5 Memorial”, in which a piece of the World Trade Centre in New York that the terrorists on september 11, 2001 shot down.

After that attack triggered the U.S. article 5 of the NATO treaty, which states that an attack on one NATO country an attack on all. The hope was that Trump this in person would confirm, but he did not explicitly.

Donald Trump in Brussels

Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon arrived in Brussels.
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For the visit of the American president to the Belgian capital, there are additional security measures.
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Donald Trump with the presidents of the European Council and the European commission, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Thursday is Trump attended the NATO meeting in Brussels. Later leaves the president to Sicily for a G7 meeting.
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Silence

The NATO of the future should, according to the president of focus, against “terrorism, migration and the threat from Russia”. In his speech, asked Trump a few moments of silence for the victims of the “barbaric” attack in Manchester, which, according to him “the depth of the evil that we are facing us”. “We must unite, and the murderers and the extremists deal with it.”

Rutte

Prime minister Mark Rutte at the NATO summit. He said prior to the speech, Trump already expected that the president would indicate the increase of the defence budget. “I will say that we are back in the right direction with regards to the defensiebestedingen,” said Rutte. “I expected to be honest in a constructive arrangement,” he said.

Trump was previously on Thursday on a visit to EU president Donald Tusk. Thursday night is flying the president to Sicily for a G7 meeting.

See also:
Tusk says different views on Russia than Trump

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