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News Trump's Pressure On NATO Is Working, US Ambassador Claims

10 July 2018

"It's not as much as 2 percent yet, but I think they will recommit more to do more because they realize that Europe does need to do more and they are the strongest of the economies in Europe", Hutchison added.

"They're also doing things like the bad attack, the nerve agent attack in Great Britain".

"But this prerequisite is now undermined from within - by a couple of illiberal governments in the alliance, and now even by the USA president".

Here's the thing, though: The 2 percent to which President Trump is referring in his tweets Monday is not a reflection of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending, nor it is some kind of compulsory due.

The interactions give more color to a weird relationship that has transfixed the country and spurred a thousand conspiracy theories.

"NATO really is making progress, and they are doing it really at President Trump's insistence", Hutchinson said on "Fox News Sunday".

On the eve of the Russian-American summit in Helsinki, where on 16 July to meet Donald trump, and Vladimir Putin, Ukraine secured us guarantees: Kiev promised that the President of the United States "will not betray" its interests under pressure from the Kremlin. "They don't say that". "And there is no there's no light between any of our allies on that very important issue".

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Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an worldwide summit in Canada. Some U.S. officials expressed their concern about a meeting without any other aides present.

The transatlantic alliance is to boost its Command Structure by more than 1,200 personnel, and to have 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels ready to use within 30 days or less through a NATO Readiness Initiative, Stoltenberg said.

"I believe the president is lining us up with an authoritarian dictator, instead of with democracies that promote economic and political freedom", the Washington Democrat told CNN. Instead, a series of events _ a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II _ will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

The U.S. has been seeking an increased commitment by alliance members to increase defense spending.

But, given a general wariness towards Russian Federation among American voters and Congressional lawmakers, Trump is unlikely to concede too much to Putin, said Michaels. The European governments are also curious about the road map of USA foreign policy in regards to its relation with Russian Federation.

Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally weird.

News Trump's Pressure On NATO Is Working, US Ambassador Claims