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Offbeat Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S.

10:51  11 july  2018
10:51  11 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Brussels anti-Trump protest draws some 1,400

  Brussels anti-Trump protest draws some 1,400 A Brussels protest for peace and against the policies of US President Donald Trump drew around 1,400 people Saturday, days before he arrives for a NATO summit. "We want peace, not war," and "No war with Iran," were among slogans brandished by marchers at the rally organised by the "Trump not Welcome" group.The event passed off without incident with a number of children attending.Organisers wanted to show their opposition to Trump's demand that Europe raise its share of defence spending and to his immigration policies which they dubbed "inhumane.

NATO has a budget to cover common civilian and military costs, and some NATO -owned assets are also commonly funded when they are used in operations. What does Mr. Trump mean when he says NATO should have had 9 billion more?

“They’re caught between dependency and outrage,” said Jan Techau of the German Marshall Fund in Berlin. Douglas Lute, a retired American general and former ambassador to NATO , said that Mr. Trump “would be true to form: He isn’t going to fly to Brussels and be a different person, but he’ll be

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he is greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before a bilateral breakfast ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he is greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before a bilateral breakfast ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels

U.S. President Donald Trump said his efforts had pushed other NATO countries to contribute more to the Western defense alliance but it was still not enough to offset the burden on U.S. taxpayers.

"Over the last year, about $40 billion more has been given by other countries to help NATO but that's not nearly enough," Trump told reporters ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels.

"The United States is spending far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some.

"This has been going on for decades and it is disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair. I want to compliment the secretary general, he's worked very hard on this problem."

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; editing by John Stonestreet)

Montenegro defends itself after Trump calls it 'aggressive' .
Montenegro responded to US President Donald Trump's remark that it is "very aggressive" by saying it was proud of its "peaceful politics." Trump's comments on Montenegro came during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, where he appeared to waver on whether the US would come to the defense of all NATO member countries.

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