Allies stunned into silence by Trump threat on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2018

In fact, the organisation - established in 1949 and approved by the US Senate in 1953 - is established by a formal and binding treaty.

"It's really extraordinary that Donald Trump has to be the person to point out that the emperor in Europe has no clothes", he said.

As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago".

"Everyone in the room thanked me", he said.

"People are paying money than they've never paid before", Trump said, but failed to provide details on when allied countries would increase their commitment. He did not specify which countries had committed to what.

"We had a fantastic meeting at the end".

In a series of tweets from Brussels, Trump said "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation". The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. Germany has increased very substantially what it is doing.

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

"For decades the United States has been footing the bill for the safety and security of the European continent, all while many of our allies all across the Atlantic failed to live up to their commitments", said Sean. Many have already settled their 2019 budgets and the sums involved are enormous - even if they wanted to, many would struggle to make useful purchases. "I think we probably will be able to".

"And frankly maybe everyone is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation".

He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

Before departing for England on Thursday, Trump signed a joint declaration that reaffirmed America's role in the alliance.

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

"We all agreed we have to deliver on that", Stoltenberg said, later saying: "We have agreed that we need to make good on the pledges we have made".

"Our President - the orange guy Trump- is in Belgium right now - at the NATO Summit, fighting over how many ways they will split the check", Jimmy Kimmel told his late night viewers about POTUS's latest.

Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union, sounded a call for solidarity among allies.

"It's very important that we have these exchanges together because we are partners, we are good partners and we wish to continue to cooperate in the future", she told reporters. Flake questioned why the two were meeting without staff, noting that the "world seems to be hanging in the balance".

Asked when exactly the allies would now reach their two percent of GDP target, Trump said it would be over the coming years. "We are not planning an overarching review of our core strategy, like the one conducted last summer".

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