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World At NATO summit, Trump to stress US allies’ defense spending

17:55  15 november  2019
17:55  15 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence

  French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence French President Emmanuel Macron says a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the "brain death" of NATO and that Europe must start acting as a strategic world power. In an interview with The Economist magazine published Thursday, Macron said "what we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO.

President Donald Trump came out brawling in his first public comments here at the outset of NATO 's annual summit , accusing a close US ally of being "a captive of Russia," calling members of the alliance "delinquent" in their defense spending and insisting they increase it "immediately.".

President Donald Trump pressured allies at the NATO summit Wednesday to double the defense spending target to 4% of gross domestic product, while President Donald Trump and other leaders watched a fly-by of NATO aircraft Wednesday at the opening of the alliance’s summit in Brussels.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will try to convince U.S. allies that they should increase defense spending when he attends a meeting of NATO leaders next month in London, the White House said Friday.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)© Provided by The Associated Press NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks with reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump, who met this week at the White House with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, has long pushed allies to reduce their reliance on the United States for security assistance.

In Berlin, Pompeo says allied democracies must work together

  In Berlin, Pompeo says allied democracies must work together U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is stressing the need for allied democracies to work together, saying that the Trump administration's stances on NATO spending, Iran, Chinese technology and a new Russian-German pipeline are meant to defend hard-won freedoms. © Provided by The Associated Press German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, left, welcomes United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a meeting at the defence ministry in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

— Donald Trump on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 in a press conference after the NATO summit . Since his earliest days in office, President Donald Trump has made no bones about his feelings on how much the United States spends on NATO , often scolding allies for not carrying their weight.

Trump blasts US ally Germany as 'captive to Russia' in tense opening of NATO summit . Gregory Korte. Germany spends just 1.24 percent on defense . But Trump also lambasted Germany's support for a pipeline that would bring Russian natural gas through the Baltic Sea to central Europe.

``We are making real progress,” Stoltenberg told The Associated Press in an interview on Thursday. “Before allies were cutting defense budgets. Now, they are adding billions to their budgets and by the end of next year, NATO allies in Europe and Canada will have added $100 billion or actually more than $100 billion to their defense spending” since 2016.

Trump’s press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump will attend the NATO meeting from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, and will also stress NATO’s readiness to respond to terrorist threats and cyberattacks that target infrastructure and telecommunications networks.

She said the president and first lady Melania Trump will also go to a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Turkey needs to 'get rid of' S-400s to overcome impasse: State Dept official .
Turkey needs to "get rid of" the Russian S-400 missile defense system it purchased, a senior State Department official said on Thursday, to overcome a standoff with Washington, which says the procurement poses a threat to NATO defense capabilities. © Reuters/TURKISH MILITARY/TURKISH DEFENCE A Russian plane carrying parts of a Russian S-400 defense system lands at Murted Airport near Ankara "There is room for Turkey to come back to the table. They know that to make this work they need to either destroy or return or somehow get rid of the S-400," the official told reporters at a briefing.

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