Trump Declares Himself 'Genius' After NATO Meeting

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2018

Going into the week he was pressuring them to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a figure that was established in 2002 and reaffirmed in 2014 when the allies not meeting the target pledged to reach it within a decade. Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment.

Excerpts from Trump's bombshell interview were published Thursday just as the president was scheduled to dine with May at the palace.

The head of the Polish president's National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch, said that US President Donald Trump's opinion "is important if the project is to be blocked". All I can say is: "Did you?" It shows the measures approved by all the member states. And Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg basically said, look; you know, getting to 2 percent is struggle enough. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP. Still, European economies have been growing recently, making the 2 percent of GDP target ever harder to achieve, and Trump's spending demand is at least in part aimed at drumming up business for the US defense industry.

Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the USA out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

Trump adds that he was "extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment". Trump offered Thursday that "people have stepped up today like they've never stepped up before".

President Trump on Thursday pointed the finger at Prime Minister Theresa May for the UK's Brexit debacle, saying she ignored his advice on negotiating her nation's departure from the European Union and made things worse.

"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.

Mr Trump also zeroed in on Mrs Merkel's Germany as he criticised the country's reliance on Russian Federation for energy, adding how can you look for peace when somebody has that much power over you. Donald Trump and the whole world leader gang got together to reaffirm their commitment to global defense and cooperation this week and it did not go at all as planned. "That's all." In the end, leaders left with an awkward consensus, after hours in which Trump had been so aggressive in his approach with allies that reports made the rounds that he might pull the USA out.

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

Some diplomats felt that the message they were getting from Donald Trump was a threat to withdraw from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance that has stood for 70 years. In June, after Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G7 (after being booted over Crimea), Obama national security adviser Susan Rice called Trump's comments "very destructive".

Trump's late arrival is not a first for him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin regards U.S. President Donald Trump as a negotiation partner at their upcoming talks in Helsinki, the Kremlin said Friday.

Trump's comments came in a wide-ranging news conference after a special meeting on defense spending.

"All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the US gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.

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