Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Donald Trump again says he’s a ‘very stable genius’ at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Trump lashes out at NATO allies calling for increase in defence spending Utah Rep. John Curtis recommends a different approach for President Trump in Europe
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Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. "It has been really awesome to see the level of spirit in that room".

Trump says the $11 billion, 800-mile pipeline expansion linking Russian Federation and Germany would give Moscow greater geopolitical leverage over Europe at a time of heightened worldwide tensions, an opinion in keeping with that of his his immediate predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and former President George W. Bush, who opposed Nord Stream 1.

The president went on to say May's negotiating tactics may have wrecked any chance of striking a trade pact with the United States.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Macron also said that Trump "never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO".

Trump insisted that he would bring up key subjects including Syria, although he once again failed to rule out recognising Russia's annexation of Crimea.

In a taut exchange with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, Trump said Nord Stream 2 - an offshore pipeline that would deliver gas to Germany directly from Russian Federation via the Baltic Sea - leaves the Western military alliance's largest and wealthiest European member "totally controlled" by and "captive to" Russian Federation.

Mr. Peskov said Moscow regards US objections to the new pipeline as "unfair competition" aimed at trying to force European countries to buy costlier liquefied natural gas from the United States. We send troops and pay billions for their defense, while they restrict our access to their markets and focus on capturing USA markets from American producers.

Mr Trump's early-morning tweets from Brussels had been typically critical.

Since then eight of the 29 allies have managed to achieve the 2 per cent level, and a majority have budget plans to reach it by 2024.

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Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour.

Putin has denied meddling in the election when Trump raised it before.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". On Wednesday, Trump criticized Germany for being what he called a captive of Russian energy. But he reiterated his demand that US allies spend more on defense.

"We had a very intense summit", said Merkel.

According to a head of state and several diplomats who spoke with CNN, the president was much more composed and business-like off-camera.

The document issued at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' summit reads: "We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all aspects of the Defence Investment Pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit, and to submit credible national plans on its implementation, including the spending guidelines for 2024, planned capabilities, and contributions".

"(The) 2 per cent (figure) was a range, a goal, now it's a commitment, it was like this amorphous number out there and now it's a real commitment", he said. "What is the problem is to spend so much money on the military".

Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

"Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart", the president tweeted.

The plan has enraged so-called "Brexiteers", who have looked to a possible U.S. -U.K. trade deal as one of the biggest boons that would result from leaving the 27-member bloc.

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