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As Trump slams North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ambassador says Europeans are 'stepping up' on funding

10 July 2018, 10:47 | Erica Roy

GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

He repeated his complaints about being treated "unfairly" by USA allies, but said "we'll work something out".

Speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving on the week-long trip, Trump repeated his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on their defense and pointed to the political tensions in Britain over the government's Brexit plans.

He added that Boris Johnson, who resigned as foreign minister on Monday, was a friend of his.

In an earlier Twitter posting, the president singled out Germany for contributing just 1 per cent, which he said is one-fourth of what the U.S.is spending.

But Mrs May's plans for Brexit would tie Britain to the European Union by having a common rulebook on goods making it nearly impossible to have a free trade deal with the U.S. or other countries. And, dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped. Then, in 2014, they agreed to meet this goal by 2024.

It had previously been reported that Mr Trump had grown frustrated with Theresa May's "school mistress" tone.

"It's going to be an interesting time in the United Kingdom and an interesting time at NATO", Mr Trump told reporters.

Analyst Karlijn Jans of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies said there have been numerous governmental and independent reports "talking about the dire state of especially European militaries - in terms of how they're able to deploy, if they can work together in the battlefield, communicate with each other".


THIS SHOULD BE EASY: President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017.

Donald Trump has waded in to the chaos engulfing British politics, saying that the United Kingdom is in "turmoil". The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them.

"Well, we do have a lot of allies".

Since moving into the White House nearly 18 months ago, the US president has been as abrasive with some of America's most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North Korea and Russian Federation.

European Union and U.S. government data put the USA trade deficit with the European Union at around $100 billion, including services such as finance, where the United States has a surplus.

The unpredictable Trump's affinity for the leaders of NATO's 28 other members carries the potential to further blur the lines between who is a friend and who is a foe.

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Asked on ITV's Good Morning Britain programme if he would have endorsed a 20ft blimp of himself as a pig or Barak Obama in a nappy, he added: "Let me answer that directly".



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