Trump Sets Stage for NATO Showdown as He Ties Defense to Trade

10 July, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Carlos George
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What we are trying to do is work with the German government, to work with the German CEOs, I'm working closely with Secretary [Wilbur] Ross and the White House to try to have that conversation which I think is a healthy conversation to say what would it take to get to zero? Trump will meet with Putin next week, and met with Kim at the incredibly weird summit in Singapore in June.

"But this prerequisite is now undermined from within - by a couple of illiberal governments in the alliance, and now even by the USA president". "And I think that all of us in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are united in backing Ukraine for its reforms and to be able to get the Russian encroachment on Ukraine reversed".

In the run-up to his trip, the president did little to ease European concerns by delivering fresh broadsides against NATO, an intergovernmental military alliance of 29 North American and European countries aimed at countering possible Russian aggression. "Vladimir Putin happens to run one of the most powerful countries on Earth", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press".

The transatlantic alliance is to boost its Command Structure by more than 1,200 personnel, and to have 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels ready to use within 30 days or less through a NATO Readiness Initiative, Stoltenberg said.

In direct costs, the US now pays about 22 percent of NATO's "principal budgets" that are funded by all alliance members based on a cost-sharing formula that factors in the gross national income of each country.

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The US president has been unleashing scathing attacks on America's traditional allies ahead of the meeting, which will be followed by a one- on- one with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"So they want to protect against Russia, yet they pay billions of dollars to Russia", Trump said.

The fact that President Trump avoided criticizing Putin since he came to power is one of the reasons provided by some individuals to demonstrate the proximity between Trump and Russian Federation.

He has said previously it's not a "bad" thing to get along with Putin, and even suggested Russian Federation should be readmitted to the G7 summit.

"Prior presidents saw America's allies as enhancing US power and really enabling the United States in being the global leader that it has been for so long, especially compared to China and Russian Federation, which have very few allies", said Goldgeier. Putin's aggressive foreign policy is a threat to both us and our allies. US officials said the two sides this time would be discussing Russian election meddling, Russia's incursions in the Ukraine and involvement in Syria. Trump has argued that countries not paying their fair share are freeloading off the US and has threatened to stop protecting those he feels pay too little. Which means his words and deeds during his European swing will drive policy - especially since aides have acknowledged Trump has few goals for the two summits.

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