North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders interpret Trump's verbal lashing on spending

Hannah Rogers
July 14, 2018

"No, if they do that I would say that that would probably end a major trade relationship with the United States".

"I think that we're being hurt very badly by the - I would call it the witch hunt", Trump said during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Washington Post reported. "I would hope so".

Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin were slated to meet over the coming days in Finland.

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when US taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. I don't think. But you never know what happens.

A portion of the February 16, indictment against Russia's Internet Research Agency is photographed in Washington, March 15, 2018.

The charges come as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election. Trump has a tendency to talk to and about people like they wholeheartedly agree with him, which made for some awkward moments for the French prez.

But just hours before Rosenstein's announcement, the president continued to say the investigation was a "witch hunt" and hurt the relationship between the US and Russian Federation. Trump said of May's plan for a "soft Brexit" as opposed to a hard break from the European Union: "I don't know if that's what they voted for".

President Trump wrapped up the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels stating that he had successfully pushed member states to increase their defense spending beyond previously agreement levels, but French President Emmanuel Macron said there was no agreement beyond the 2014 summit increase.

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Trump said Tuesday that his meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" out of all his other meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week.

Critics said they were skeptical Trump would press the issue at all, despite the indictments.

"The US commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains strong", he added, "mainly because (of) the additional money they have committed". "And it's a very, very bad policy".

Rosenberg does not want Trump to pick a fight with Putin, but to remember that he is talking to someone opposed to US interests. They got rid of their nuclear. "Anything you do, it's always going to be, 'Oh, Russia, he loves Russia'".

"If it's been scheduled, it's important that these two heads of state meet". Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) echoed Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and other lawmakers in calling on Trump to immediately cancel the upcoming summit.

Still, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the internet "allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways".

This is vital to the future of the organisation and concerns all parties, but this issue was not being discussed, Radev said.

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