Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation debut does little to assure allies

Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation debut does little to assure allies

Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation debut does little to assure allies

But he complained that "23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying. for their defence".

The Associated Press described Thursday's speech as an "unprecedented one-two punch" that "further rattled" an already anxious Europe.

Analyst Thomas Wright of the Washington-based Brookings Institution said Trump's failure to publicly declare this was "shocking and damaging".

The President also called for a minute's silence for the victims of the Manchester Arena attack on Monday evening.

Last year, Trump threatened to abandon USA allies in Europe if they did not spend enough on defense, comments that were particularly unnerving for the ex-Soviet Baltic states on Russia's border which fear Moscow might try a repeat of its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. "That's his basic message", Tamara reports.

But in remarks that humiliated other leaders, Trump said that "NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations".

According to U.S. government figures, Germany previous year boasted a $64 billion (57 billion euros) trade surplus with the US.

Western diplomatic sources said that the Trump administration was very enthusiastic about the plan and had brought up the issue with several Arab leaders. "This is not fair to the people and the taxpayers of the United States".

Ms Merkel, who stood emotionless during the speech, earlier issued her own challenge to the USA president, saying that member states including Germany had already pledged to work toward the 2 per cent target by 2024 and that outlays on security more generally also count toward the goal.

Just as notable as what Trump said, however, is what he didn't say.

Just after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation dinner concluded, Jens Stoltenberg, the alliance's secretary-general, fielded about half a dozen questions from reporters asking why Trump didn't back Article V. almost 50 reporters gathered around one of his deputies pushing for more, but the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials maintained that Trump has helped them prioritize burden-sharing.

European Council President Donald Tusk admitted on Thursday that the bloc is still at odds with the United States over issues like climate, trade and Russian Federation.

And he didn't really clarify the situation on Thursday. In what may have been an attempt at Trump-friendly sloganeering, Stoltenberg summed up Article 5 by declaring, gamely, "All for one, and one for all!"

Those issues "remained open", Tusk said, though an EU official said the sides agreed to set up an EU-US task force on trade. And while Trump made rhetorical nods toward common defense, speaking of "the commitments that bind us together as one" and saying the U.S. I refuse to do that. "But it is handsome".

Some NATO leaders, including Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg and President Emmanuel Macron, were reportedly seen sharing secret side-glances with amused looks in their eyes as Trump lectured sternly from the podium.

Trump, on his first overseas trip as United States president, on Thursday met with Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, both of whom have been critical of Trump's remarks in the past.

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