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World The Latest: Trump says US commitment to NATO remains strong

13:56  12 july  2018
13:56  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

NATO Allies Defend Their Military Spending In the Face of President Trump's Criticism

  NATO Allies Defend Their Military Spending In the Face of President Trump's Criticism NATO allies are pushing back against U.S. criticism that they are not spending enough on defense as President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure ahead of a summit next week. In the weeks leading up to NATO’s July 11-12 summit in Brussels, Trump sent letters to the governments of Norway, other European allies and Canada demanding that they boost their defense spending.After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, NATO allies agreed to stop cutting defense budgets, to start spending more as their economies grew and to move toward a goal of devoting 2 percent of GDP to defense within a decade.

US President Donald Trump has attempted twice to restrict travel into the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries. "If you are a strong supporter of Nato it is a no-brainer" to vocally support Article 5, said Mr Benitez. “Some issues remain open, like climate and trade.

" We have had discussions, we do have disagreements, but most importantly we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger . But the real underlying issue remains Mr Trump 's commitment to Nato .

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before departing the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. On stage with Trump is National Security Adviser John Bolton. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)© The Associated Press U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before departing the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. On stage with Trump is National Security Adviser John Bolton. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

BRUSSELS — The Latest on the NATO summit in Brussels (all times local):

12:30 a.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump says the U.S. commitment to NATO "remains very strong" despite reports that he threated to pull out in a dispute over defense spending.

Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments.

Trump’s pressure on NATO is working, US ambassador says

  Trump’s pressure on NATO is working, US ambassador says President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies to boost spending for their own defense is paying off, U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said. Separately, the U.S. envoy said she’s concerned that Russia is trying to “flip” Turkey and other American allies to its column.“NATO really is making progress, and they are doing it really at President Trump’s insistence,” Hutchinson said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s very clear, and he’s been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security.

Donald Trump has assured the head of Nato that the US remains “ strongly committed ” to the military alliance, despite Yet in what appears to be the latest in a string of U-turns since he rode a wave of populism to the White House, Mr Trump has reportedly rowed back on those strong criticisms of the

US President Trump meets with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg © Kevin Lamarque / Reuters. Von der Leyen said that money shouldn’t be the main criterion and noted that Germany remains the second-largest 'Fair share': # Trump applauds #Merkel’s ‘ commitment ’ to boost # NATO spending https

Trump says the U.S. has been paying "probably 90 percent of the costs of NATO."

Trump adds that he was "extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment."

NATO had no immediate comment.

Trump once declared NATO "obsolete." He says Thursday: "I believe in NATO."

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12:15 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told reporters in Brussels that "there was a clear commitment to NATO by all" at an emergency session of the military alliance.

She said that U.S. President Donald Trump raised the topic of better burden-sharing among NATO members again, "as has been discussed for months," and that, "we made clear that we're on the way."

Trump has several times assailed Germany for not spending a large enough proportion of its gross domestic product on defense.

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.

For those within Nato uncertain about President Trump 's commitment to the alliance, his We must be tough, we must be strong and we must be vigilant." Earlier, he condemned the leaking of "Some issues remain open, like climate and trade," Mr Tusk said after he and European Commission Melania Trump attended the meeting with President Macron and later spent time with his wife Brigitte

Like criticism of Vladimir Putin, a clear commitment to Nato ’s collective security remains something that Trump allows his officials to express without ever quite saying the words himself. The doggedness of his refusal to use language that has been commonplace for earlier US administrations

Merkel stressed that Germany is NATO's second-biggest contributor when it comes to troops.

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11:55 a.m.

Two officials at the NATO summit in Brussels say the alliance is meeting in an emergency session amid demands from U.S. President Donald Trump for all members to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

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.

be able to deliver a message to US allies that President-elect Donald Trump remained committed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization . NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg echoed Obama's comments on Tuesday, saying that he is "certain" Trump will live up to the US ' commitments .

Trump 's remarks -- paired with his conspicuous decision not to reiterate US commitment to " We can only overcome this evil if the forces of good are united and strong and if everyone in this room does NATO allies should remain " united in the trust that it is not isolation and the building of walls that

Officials said that non-members of the alliance had been asked to leave the room early Thursday and that everyone in the room had been told to leave their phones outside.

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9:50 a.m.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is insisting that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic.

Stoltenberg said Thursday: "Georgia will become a member of NATO." He said the 29-nation alliance supports the territorial integrity of Georgia, including its sovereignty over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia and Georgia fought a brief war in 2008, which led to the regions declaring independence. Russia has since been supporting them financially and militarily.

Despite Georgia's important contribution to NATO operations, the alliance is unlikely to invite the country in until the conflict with the two regions has been resolved.

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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