Cooper: Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation grievance not factual

Cooper: Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation grievance not factual

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

"I appreciated your support", President Trump said during a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki.

Trump praised one of few Republicans to defend his presser performance, thanking Rand Paul for noting, "The President has gone through a year and a half of through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations - what's he supposed to think?"

Trump's main theme in Brussels this week is going to be that American allies in Europe don't spend enough on defense and that the U.S. is essentially paying to protect them.

Mr Trump has previously urged North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to commit at least 4% of their annual output (GDP).

Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong - in part because of promises from America's allies to boost their military budgets to 2 percent of their gross domestic product.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday told CNN that the organization's member countries have committed to defense spending at 2 percent of GDP, but would not confirm U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that the target was actually 4 percent.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump said the United States "in actual numbers", is spending 4.2 per cent of its GDP on defence.

But Trump, of course, has come close to supporting the Crimean occupation and, rather than seeing Russian Federation as a threat to its Eastern European neighbors, he's expressed the belief that the alliance could embolden these countries to get "frisky" with Russian Federation.

Trump's news conference alongside Putin, where he discounted USA intelligence assessments that Russian Federation meddled with the 2016 election, drew fire from members of both political parties, who said he put Russian Federation above US interests.

Trump's comments differ from his previous position.

Stressing the importance of Western unity, she said it was essential for allies to work together "to raise the cost of malign behaviour whenever it occurs". "He chose to attack our election & undermine democracies around the world".

Moscow is eager to go ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for it can double the gas exports to Germany under the Baltic Sea while Washington is upset with the idea, even saying that firms that invested in the pipeline risked sanctions, the report added.

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