Friday, 20 July, 2018

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders fear Trump crisis at key summit

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual German Officials, Trump Exchange Criticism Ahead Of NATO Summit
Jay Anderson | 10 July, 2018, 07:59

What we are trying to do is work with the German government, to work with the German CEOs, I'm working closely with Secretary [Wilbur] Ross and the White House to try to have that conversation which I think is a healthy conversation to say what would it take to get to zero? Since the 2016 campaign and before, Trump has repeatedly expressed a perplexing affection for Putin, despite the authoritarian leader's brutal hold on power in his country and his disregard for democratic values.

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and USA heads of state, diplomats, militaries, and intelligence agencies, and calls for closer economic ties and more contact between Russians and Americans. "And I think that all of us in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are united in backing Ukraine for its reforms and to be able to get the Russian encroachment on Ukraine reversed".

I wrote at the time, and still believe, that Trump was right to meet with Kim.

Trump also took aim at what he indicated were trade inequities with the EU on Monday in an indication he will attempt to link the US commitment to European security with trade.

Around half of those polled said that relations between Russian Federation and the USA are tense (49%), while the number of those sharing this opinion was 30% in 2017. Most of the non-US Nato members are moving closer to the entirely reasonable goals of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defence and 20% of that on modern equipment.

"The new strategy may call for more European military efforts", the former adviser to Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain and Pentagon leaders said.

Trump's obsession with military costs would make sense if it were part of an attempt to reduce the US defense budget.




Through all this has run a thread of accusations, strangely enough by the very liberals who for decades insisted USA leaders needed to work more closely with Moscow, that Trump should be actively unfriendly toward Putin.

"I might even end up having a good relationship [with Putin]".

This disdain for US allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems.

Trump has said he intends to discuss Crimea, election meddling and other contentious issues when he meets with Putin in Helsinki. "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Kay Bailey Hutchinson said.

Donald Trump reportedly urged Vladimir Putin to ignore the "stupid people" in his administration who had advised him against not to congratulate the Russian leader on his election victory.

Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally weird.

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