Fact Check: Trump vs. Trump in Europe

14 July, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Riga Latvia on Monday

"I also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a great job, doing a fantastic job", Trump said, justifying his comments.

Pelosi asked reporters on Capitol Hill, adding that "there is no way to explain the disrespect" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or the "lack of understanding" that Putin does not hold US interests at heart.

"Georgia has a lot of allies who are interested in Georgia and actively support the agenda of our country", said Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) also called for the cancellation of the meeting, saying that Trump "cannot claim to love the US while meeting with. a man who is overseeing an all-out attack on America's democracy".

After a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, Mr. Trump said he would address election meddling with Putin. "The influential political forces in the USA, that are opposed to the normalization of relations between our countries and have spread open slander for the past two years, are desperately trying to make the best use of yet another fake", it added. "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

Politico said Trump warned of "grave consequences" if the allies did not immediately meet the 2 per cent spending targets.

TRUMP, at the subsequent news conference with May: "I don't know what they're going to do, but whatever you do is OK with me".

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Others in the room, including the Lithuanian president whose country is among the most nervous of Russian ambitions, denied a suggestion that Trump had threatened to quit the alliance.

He again called himself a "very stable genius" and took "total credit" for what he said was a $33 billion (A$45 billion) increase in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending this year.

"Russia is a permanent member of the [U.N.] Security Council, it's a nuclear weapons state, it has global reach - whether it's in the Middle East, or in the Korean Peninsula, or elsewhere - and I think it behooves us to have that kind of dialogue".

Trump had explicitly linked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with a transatlantic trade row by saying the European Union shut out US business while expecting America to defend it, singling out Germany for particular criticism. She said Trump raised the topic of better burden-sharing and more spending by Germany, "as has been discussed for months", and that "we made clear that we're on the way".

Reports suggest the US President told allies that the US "could do it's own thing" unless they increased their defence budgets.

Air Force One has landed at London Stansted Airport, where Trump is beginning a four-day visit to the country.

"Secondly, if the president and his team are not willing to make the facts of this indictment at top priority of the meeting in Helsinki, then the summit should be cancelled", the Democratic senator said. "So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

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