Donald Trump's demand sparks North Atlantic Treaty Organisation panic

Frederick Owens
July 14, 2018

Doc seems to agree with our president that the U.S.is getting the short end of the deal by spending significantly more on defense than our allies.

On Friday's show, Fox News Contributor Charles Hurt joined Tom Shillue to react to the breaking news.

President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) following their meeting at Chequers on July 13, in Aylesbury, England. Not to mention, Trump already has a dubious relationship with Russian Federation at a time when much of the world, especially Europe, is concerned about its aggressive military activities. I think that we would have a chance at a very good relationship with Russian Federation and a very good chance, a very good relationship with President Putin.

They are the most recent charges in the special counsel probe that already has resulted in guilty pleas from three of Trump's campaign aides.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin were slated to meet over the coming days in Finland.

Russia's Foreign Ministry is denouncing the United States' indictment of 12 alleged military intelligence agents accused of hacking into Democratic accounts in the 2016 USA elections.

US President Donald Trump hailed a personal victory at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday, saying allies had sharply increased defence spending commitments after he provoked a crisis session with a tirade at European leaders.

But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries spend more immediately.

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When asked if he has given Putin the advantage going into the meeting by challenging long-standing Western alliances, Trump said his administration has been "far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

The Kremlin has denied that the Russian state interfered in the USA election.

The GRU, which answers to the Russian military's General Staff, is part of the state machine and its involvement would indicate that the orders to interfere in the US election came from the very top.

According to a Daily Beast report, five sources close to Trump did not privately hear his attitude change toward Russian Federation or Putin in recent days, despite being briefed on the indictment. USA defense spending accounts for roughly 67% of this, but it's also true the United States has the highest defense budget in the world by far and this is linked to both its strong economy and internal politics.

In the latest example of his penchant for creating conflict to draw attention to his agenda, he first demanded an emergency meeting to address his grievances and then called a news conference to claim "total credit" for having pressed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members into increasing their military budgets "like they never have before".

After an opening day of summit talks marked by clashes between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO leaders had hoped to focus on policy on Ukraine and Afghanistan. He also said any real progress on issues the leaders discuss "could take time". I'm not bad at doing things so let's see what happens.

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

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