The build-up was prompted by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and accusations – denied by Moscow – that it is supporting a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.Poland’s foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said the troop presence was proof of Washington’s commitment.”It is much better than just a declaratory mention of Article V”.
Standing beside Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels, Trump blasted the almost two-dozen member countries that have not met their “financial obligations” to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP.
Trump said that 23 of 28 member nations do not pay what they should for their defense and pointed out that the USA has spent more than all other member nations combined over the last eight years.
“The recent attack on Manchester in the United Kingdom demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism”.
The President said others needed to comply with their financial obligations toward the Alliance in order to guarantee their common defence and accused 23 of NATO’s 28 members of not paying their dues. “There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom”.
“We have heard President Trump before being very blunt on the message of fair burden sharing”, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting.
“This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years”, Trump said.
All member states have previously pledged to work toward spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense.
A few minutes later, when Stoltenberg introduced Trump, he summoned a personal connection for him, too, noting that the 9/11 terrorists “struck at the heart of your own home town, New York”.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic was caught on camera as she tried to get as close to Trump as possible.
Donald Trump has been meeting world leaders at the G7 summit today, and yes, there have been some really awkward pictures taken.
“Although, when it comes to the conflict in Ukraine it seems that we were on the same line”, he said, in apparent reference to ongoing sanctions against Russian Federation over its annexation of Crimea and over fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russia rebels. “First and foremost on counter-terrorism and I am sure I don’t have to explain why, but some issues remain open, like climate and trade”, Tusk, who represents the 28 leaders of the European Union, said.