World One amazing photo with Trump and NATO leaders says it all

04:06  12 july  2018
04:06  12 july  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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I refuse to do that, but it is beautiful.” Nato leaders later agreed for the organisation to join the international coalition fighting Isis, in a largely symbolic move. The president’s spokesman Sean Spicer later said the President Trump fully supported Article 5

Mark Rutte, Donald Trump standing next to a person wearing a suit and tie: This family photo from the NATO summit on Thursday captured the tensions between US President Donald Trump and American allies.© Provided by This family photo from the NATO summit on Thursday captured the tensions between US President Donald Trump and American allies. World leaders are currently gathered in Brussels, Belgium for the 2018 NATO summit, and after last month's rocky G7 summit, there are no shortage of tensions to be resolved.

This "family photo" of NATO members looking uncomfortable and askance in different directions seem to perfectly capture the significant differences in opinion and conflicts overshadowing the summit.

While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defence spending and trade while pursuing a closer US relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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President Trump castigated the leaders of NATO allies to their faces during his trip to Europe this week, suggesting that many of them “owe massive amounts of money” to the alliance. What does Mr. Trump mean when he says NATO should have had 9 billion more?

When President Donald Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas trip little more than a week ago, he surprised and disappointed “They didn’t know it had been removed,” said a third source of the Trump national security officials on hand for the ceremony. “ It was only upon delivery.”

In the photo were: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

While on his way to the summit, Trump fired off a series of confrontational tweets accusing his NATO allies of stiffing the US by not paying their fair share to contribute to NATO's budget, and lamenting the trade imbalance between the US and the European Union.

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US," Trump wrote. "By some accounts, the US is paying for 90% of NATO, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment. On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $US151 Million with the US, with big Trade Barriers on US goods. NO!"

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President Donald Trump lectured NATO members on their contributions to the trans- Atlantic alliance, potentially alienating the US' closest allies, analysts said . Trump didn't reaffirm the US commitment to NATO . The US president lectured other leaders on defense spending.

Trump rebukes Nato leaders for not paying defence bills. “After calling Nato ‘obsolete’ Trump needed to say what every predecessor since Truman has said : the US is committed to article 5. He didn’t.

Currently, NATO members are encouraged to put a target of 2% of their economic output to the Organisation's budget, but the 2% figure is only a guideline. There isn't a penalty for not meeting it, but Trump has repeatedly castigated Germany in particular for not spending enough, in his view, on defence.

Before the summit, European Union President Donald Tusk hit back at Trump for his "daily" criticisms of Europe, pointing out that the EU spends more on defence than Russia and almost as much as China, and telling him to "appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many."

Tusk and other NATO members are also concerned about the security implications of Trump's friendly relationship with Putin, who he publicly praises more than his European partners. Trump and Putin are set to meet on July 16 in Finland.

Trump's attacks on NATO raise questions about its future .
President Donald Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump's commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has been a pillar of U.S. security policy for more than half a century.&nbsp;WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump's commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has been a pillar of U.S. security policy for more than half a century.

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