Trump Slams NATO Spending on Eve of Departure for Summit

Trump Slams NATO Spending on Eve of Departure for Summit

Jon Huntsman Jr., Trump's ambassador to Moscow, hinted that the US president takes a tougher line on Putin in private, telling reporters, "The president will continue to hold Russian Federation accountable for its malign activities".

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and USA heads of state, diplomats, militaries, and intelligence agencies, and calls for closer economic ties and more contact between Russians and Americans.

"Even if they hit 2 percent, I don't think it would matter....he just isn't interested in the whole alliance relationship", said Goldgeier. "Costs are borne collectively, often using the principle of common funding". That means the USA share for all three combined would be around $590 million, at most. Other parts of the government, the public, have always been supportive of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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A photograph from the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec in June shows world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and President Trump. The statement would describe U.S.

All together, the 29 alliance members spent an estimated $917 billion on defense in 2017, and the USA portion was about $618 billion.

Asked by a host if she can reassure the allies that President Trump will not agree to recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation when he meets privately with Vladimir Putin, the U.S. Ambassador said: "Our alliance is very solid and including all of the efforts that the United States is making to shore up the sovereignty of the Ukraine". But Trump's claim that the US pays 90 per cent of NATO's total defense spending isn't corroborated by available data.

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He explained that according to a commitment made in 2014, countries were to be able to bring their military spending up to 2 percent of their country's gross domestic product, and that is still "really needed". Another 26% of Russians think that bilateral relations are frosty (compared to 29% in 2017), and another 9% point to hostility between the two states (compared to 10% in 2017). (After being told recently that Sweden not a member, he reportedly commented that perhaps the best thing for the U.S. would be the "deal" that Sweden has of picking and choosing which operations to join.) This would be a waste of rare face time between the world leaders, especially with vastly more important issues to address.

"While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more", he wrote on Twitter. Germany has kept defense spending at just 1.2 percent of GDP in recent years.

Defence spending by our allies is certainly worthy of discussion-as it has been for years. His packed schedule is set to include a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and participating in a working dinner with heads of state.

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