Trump says USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong despite criticism

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2018

The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of growing unease about the threat from Russian Federation and deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy.

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

"They're propagandists. When I read what the Russian press said that transpired in those meetings, I don't know why - I don't believe them when they say they weren't involved in meddling in US elections", Moran said.

THE FACTS: Trump prodded Stoltenberg to give him credit for rising military spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief obliged and various officials in the alliance think Trump's tough talk has had an effect.

At the end of the first day, Trump unsettled allies even more by questioning the value of the military alliance, which was formed to counter Soviet aggression during the Cold War. EURACTIV broke the story.

"NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security".


"What's more surprising, the fact that the President Trump is calling them out on that or that previous presidents haven't?" he asked.

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. Germany, Europe's richest country, spends just 1.24% on defense, and it's an unpopular topic there.

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions". Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the USA president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

It was only last month that after a disastrous G-7 summit, Trump signed a joint communiqué with other allies and then changed his mind while flying home.

This is a president who, since his first day in office, he cozies up to our adversaries and trashes our allies.

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.


The substance is the same military-grade toxin that almost killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in an earlier attack that Britain also blamed on Moscow.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May tried to ease the tensions on Wednesday by announcing additional troops for NATO's Afghan training mission, Reuters reported.

Earlier in the day, after Trump blasted Germany for buying Russian oil and natural gas, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sought to convey an attitude of slow, steady progress for the alliance.

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session.

But Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.


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