Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Donald Trump is dismantling the West

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Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 18:36

Here is some of what he's said and how those statements stand up to the facts.

He demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

In another tweet, Pompeo said that on Thursday, together with allies from Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Jordan "we reaffirmed our support for the Syrian political process and our goals of removing Iran's influence, defeating #ISIS, deterring chemical weapons use". Earlier this year, Stoltenberg said the country's "dangerous behavior" included "the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, the destabilization of eastern Ukraine, meddling in democratic processes, cyberattacks, and disinformation". Just nine of the military alliance's 29 members are expected to reach or surpass that target this year. "Just as President Trump has been demanding".

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending. But "in each of the last four years, the vast majority of European nations in the alliance have increased their defense spending as a percentage of GDP". Spending %4 of GDP on defense represents wartime levels of investment.

Donald Trump has touched upon his much-anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin, saying the Russian president is not an enemy but a competitor who may turn into a friend in due time.

"We're not comparing apples to apples", notes Garret, a lecturer at American University's School of International Service.

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"NATO and the transatlantic geographical area is only a part of what the United States military does".

The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of growing unease about the threat from Russian Federation and deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy. "He may deny it", Trump said of Putin.

It followed an uncomfortable first round at the summit where anxious Western allies were subjected to the USA president's "America first" approach. "It's about $2.8 billion and the US pays 22 percent of that, not 90 percent".

"This year, since our last meeting, commitments have been made for over $40 billion more money spent by other countries."

The increased spending predates Trump. "Now maybe there's a bit more urgency now because he's blunter than his predecessors in criticizing his European partners". In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital, Mr. Trump said, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

During the summit, Trump reportedly broke diplomatic protocol by calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel by her first name, saying "Angela, you need to do something about this", a source told Reuters.