World After NATO chaos, Trump met by protest, pomp in Britain

02:29  13 july  2018
02:29  13 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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U.S. President Donald Trump traded one hot spot for another Thursday, leaving behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moving on to Britain , where he found a government in turmoil and sizable protests shadowing his every move.

Trump Scolds NATO Alliance Members. President Trump ’s meeting with NATO ’s secretary general on Wednesday got off to a confrontational start. The next leg of Mr. Trump ’s trip will take him to Britain from Thursday through Sunday, where he will be greeted with pomp and protests .

A giant © AP Photo/Luca Bruno A giant "Human Rights Nightmare" banner is unfurled by Amnesty International activists across the river Thames on Vauxhall Bridge to protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in London, Thursday, July 12, 2018. BLENHEIM PALACE, England — President Donald Trump traded one hot spot for another Thursday, leaving behind a contentious NATO gathering in Brussels and moving on to Britain, where he found a government in turmoil and sizeable protests shadowing his every move. All was serene, however, during a lavish evening welcome ceremony at Blenheim Palace.

Hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the U.S. ambassador's residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected during his two-day British stay.

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Trump finds a way. If Mr. Trump was in a prickly mood as he entered the NATO meeting , his aides and wary allies found one source of comfort: no Twitter. The next leg of Mr. Trump ’s trip will take him to Britain from Thursday through Sunday, where he will be greeted with pomp and protests .

The American president arrived here in Britain on Thursday, after several false starts and rescheduling debacles doomed previous efforts. He will be greeted by a weakened government, protesters clogging the streets of major cities and a giant “ Trump baby” balloon flying overhead in London.

Trump was whisked away to an oasis of warm greetings at a black-tie reception at Blenheim, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the U.K.

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Trump was greeted at the palace by British Prime Minster Theresa May, whose government has been rocked by resignations from ongoing tumult over Brexit, the nation's contentious vote to leave the European Union.

Before leaving Brussels, Trump played down the protests but acknowledged that he expected tension in Britain, which also was reeling from its soccer team's defeat in the World Cup semifinals.

"I'm going to a few hot spots," Trump said, looking ahead to Britain and his summit in Finland on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "And I said, 'Putin may be the easiest of them all.' You never know. But I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now — right? — with a lot of resignations."

The outdoor arrival ceremony at Blenheim — Trump wore a tuxedo and first lady Melania Trump a butter-yellow, chiffon off-the-shoulder gown — was a grand affair marked by a military band in bearskin hats, hundreds of business leaders in black tie and gorgeous setting sunlight.

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The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day.

During his 28 hours there, Trump had disparaged longtime NATO allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the U.S. budget. But there was little evidence other leaders had bowed to his wishes on that front.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to boost their defense budgets significantly and reaffirmed — after days of griping that the U.S. was being taken advantage of by its allies — that the U.S. remains faithful to the accord.

"The United States' commitment to NATO remains very strong," Trump told reporters at a surprise news conference following an emergency session of NATO members held to address his threats.

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After a NATO summit where he provoked a crisis session to force allies to raise their defence spending, Trump landed in Britain for his first visit as president having Many Britons are opposed to Trump 's trip which is not the full state visit he was originally promised with the pomp and ceremony that entails.

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Neither Trump nor NATO offered specifics on what Trump said he had achieved. French President Emmanuel Macron quickly disputed Trump's claim that NATO allies had agreed to boost defense spending beyond their existing goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday; it's very detailed," Macron said. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. That's all."

Trump berated NATO members in Brussels for failing to spend enough of their money on military matters, accusing Europe of freeloading off the U.S. and raising doubts about whether he would come to their defense if attacked.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening," he said. "They have substantially upped their commitment and now we're very happy and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong NATO."

He added: "I can you tell you that NATO now is a really a fine-tuned machine. People are paying money that they never paid before. They're happy to do it. And the United States is being treated much more fairly." But several leaders said the gathering produced no new spending commitments. Instead, they said, members reaffirmed the need to stay on track with military-budget increases that have already been underway and were branded insufficient by Trump a day earlier.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg cited a "new sense of urgency, and all allies agreed to redouble their efforts."

U.S. leaders for decades have pushed NATO allies to spend more on defense to share the collective defense burden more equitably.

NATO countries in 2014 set a goal of moving toward spending 2 percent of GDP on defense within 10 years. NATO has estimated that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.

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President Donald Trump is coming to Britain fresh from a confrontational NATO summit that featured stinging criticism of America's closest alliesPresident Donald Trump is coming to Britain fresh from a confrontational NATO summit that featured stinging criticism of America's closest allies, but he's likely to tone down that stance when he takes tea Friday with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

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