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World Report: Trudeau Defies Trump at NATO Meeting, Cuts Military Spending

16:06  11 july  2018
16:06  11 july  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

In Pointed Letters, Trump Demands More Defense Spending From NATO Allies

  In Pointed Letters, Trump Demands More Defense Spending From NATO Allies The letters, which went out last month, are the latest sign of acrimony between Mr. Trump and American allies as he heads to a NATO summit meeting next week in Brussels.WASHINGTON — President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies, including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada, taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance.

New figures show that Canadian military spending will be cut significantly, even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to face U.S. President Donald Trump ’s demands for higher NATO military spending at the alliance's summit in Brussels.

The NATO meeting represents the first time the two leaders have been in the same room together More from Murray Brewster. CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback. Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending .

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan arrive at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018.© Sean Gallup/Getty Images Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan arrive at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018. New figures show that Canadian military spending will be cut significantly, even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to face U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher NATO military spending at the alliance's summit in Brussels.

According to the CBC, Canada will spend around 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense in 2018, down from 1.36 percent last year. This is far below the 2 percent target set for NATO members, which has been a particular bugbear for the American president.

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.

The US military values Nato and would resist any move by Trump to walk away. Based on Nato figures for 2017, the US spends 3.58% of GDP on defence. European members are well behind, with only five meeting a Nato target of 2% of GDP set at a summit in Wales in 2014.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his office on In his letter to Trudeau , Trump says there is "growing frustration" in the U.S. with North Atlantic The Liberals promised last year to increase spending on the military by 70 per cent over the next 10

Canadian National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the drop in investment was largely down to one-off payments. One was a retroactive pay increase for service members and the other was a $1.3 billion payment into the fund that pays out servicemember pensions.

In a statement carried by CBC, Le Bouthillier said, “Canada continues to place a premium on tangible operational contributions as well as on demonstrating a commitment and capacity to deploy and sustain personnel in support of the NATO alliance.”

Meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Wednesday morning, Trump set the tone for what is expected to be one of the most acrimonious conferences in NATO’s 69-year history. The president repeatedly brought up one of his favorite NATO talking points, that the U.S. pays an “unfair” amount towards the defense of Europe. He warned Stoltenberg, “We’re not going to put up with it, we cant put up with it,” demanding that other states step up military spending.

Senate overwhelmingly passes resolution supporting NATO as Trump attacks continue

  Senate overwhelmingly passes resolution supporting NATO as Trump attacks continue Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize members. The measure expresses the Senate's support for the body and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO.The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels for the NATO summit. He will also travel to the UK and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted against the measure, according to Defense News.Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) proposed the measure, calling the U.S. support for NATO "ironclad.

Right Now: President Trump lectured NATO ’s secretary general on military spending and energy security. In June, after Mr. Trump ’s angry exit from the Group of 7 summit and his broadside at Justin Trudeau , the Canadian prime minister who played host to that meeting , Mr. Tusk tweeted, “There is a

Defence policy review to be released after Trudeau meets NATO allies. Trump has accused NATO members of not pulling their weight on defence spending . Donald Trump slams military 'free riders' in NATO .

Few NATO nations have met the 2 percent pledge since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the alliance has now committed to meeting the target it will take time for them to deliver. Trump, meanwhile, said he expects the change "immediately."

Germany was the first nation this week that Trump criticized publicly, but it is unlikely to be the last. Trump and Trudeau head to Brussels not long after a public spat that followed the G-7 meeting in Canada last month. Trump’s proposed tariffs were the subject of that disagreement. Trudeau had previously branded the president’s protectionism “unacceptable,” and after the G-7 meeting warned Canada “will not be pushed around.”

Trump then refused to back the G-7 joint statement, and took to Twitter to brand Trudeau “dishonest and weak.” As the war of words escalated, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said there is “a special place in hell” for any leader that “engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.”

FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt

  FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt En route to a NATO summit, President Donald Trump is spreading the myth that members of the alliance owe money to the U.S. His tweet Tuesday: "Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?"THE FACTS: There is no such debt to the U.S. or to NATO. Therefore, no delinquency or question of payment.

President Donald Trump reportedly said both he and Congress are fed up with Canada not meeting NATO defense spending targets. In a June 19 letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that has been reported by several Canadian media outlets and confirmed by the Canadian Press, Trump

Trump -Putin meeting to follow NATO gathering at tense moment. Trudeau to attend NATO summit amid tensions with Trump . Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for more NATO spending . NATO head: No guarantee trans- Atlantic alliance will survive. Report Error.

Relations between the leaders were already shaky thanks to Trump’s repeated attacks on NAFTA — another sign of his apparent distrust of any transnational organization, be it NATO, the European Union or even the World Trade Organization. With all, Trump believes the U.S. is being “ripped off” in an unfair marketplace. The president has repeatedly said America will no longer be the “world’s piggy bank.”

NATO leaders in Brussels this week will fear a repeat of Trump's G-7 performance. A fractured summit would play directly into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump will meet next week in Helsinki, Finland.

Macron Denies Trump Claim That NATO Allies Agreed to Increase Spending Beyond Goals .
<p>French President Emmanuel Macron denied that any NATO members had agreed to boost contributions beyond 2 percent GDP.</p>“Tremendous progress has been made. Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before,” Trump said at his press conference in Brussels.

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