Donald Trump 'threatens to pull U.S. out of NATO'

R.J. Matson  CQ Roll Call

R.J. Matson CQ Roll Call

Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out. They pay only a fraction of their cost.

THE FACTS: There's no outward sign that Trump's aggressive posturing in recent days has changed much for the alliance other than bruise its veneer of unity.

But French president Emmanuel Macron denied there had been an agreement to boost spending over 2%.

Trump emerged declaring continued commitment to a Western alliance built on United States military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War II. They're the closest to Russian Federation and feel threatened by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its occupation of certain regions in Georgia since 2008. For instance, the United States contributes approximately two-thirds of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budget because it has an extremely large and active military.

Overall, the USA provides about 22% of this budget based off a formula that accounts for the national income of member states.

He added: "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, the report noted.

"We need our allies to spend two per cent".

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US President Donald Trump accused Germany on Wednesday of being a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance. History has shown that Russian Federation has a penchant for attempting to control Europe by cutting off energy supplies.

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

The cold-war era military alliance has added billions to its budget since 2015, most of which has contributed to the militarization of areas around Russia's border. Speaking at an end of summit briefing, Stoltenberg praised the gathering, but also stopped short of saying that the bloc's members agreed to go over four percent of GDP for defense spending. Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?

There, while on board Air Force 1, he used his Twitter feed to rescind his support of a joint communique and slam Trudeau personally after hearing the prime minister repeat Canada's insistence it would defend itself from US aggression on trade.

Another NATO diplomat said Trump trampled on protocol by pointing at some leaders he said were not spending enough and addressing Merkel by her first name, referring to her as "you, Angela".

Mr Trump pumps his fist during his arrival in Regent's Park, London, to spend the night at the residence of the US Ambassador. "Ultimately, Germany will have nearly 70 percent of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas", he said, arguing the project "should have never been allowed to have happened". Not to mention, Trump already has a dubious relationship with Russian Federation at a time when much of the world, especially Europe, is concerned about its aggressive military activities.

But by Thursday, leaders from France, Germany and Italy offered no support for Trump's claim that he had wrung new concessions out of the alliance on their military spending.

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

Trump said a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May he would "absolutely" bring up the topic - which he has been including on a list of a handful of subjects he will raise when the two meet in Helsinki, Finland.

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