US President Donald Trump traded barbs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a tense NATO summit Wednesday after he accused Berlin of being "captive" to Russia and demanded it immediately step up defence spending.
The two-day meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, with Europe and the US engaged in a bitter trade spat and Trump demanding that NATO allies "reimburse" Washington for defending the continent.
Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she knew what it meant to be under Kremlin domination and Germany had the right to make its own policy choices....
He has upset the Europeans and the Brits - well Theresa May anyway - By telling them to spend more money on defense.
This world needs Donald.
He is absolutely right that europeans and Brits are not supporting military defense as they should be.
Britain does not have a Navy anymore .... Two aircraft carriers - minus the aircraft!!!. 13 Frigates that are out of date!. 6 Destroyers whose power plants do not work. And a few miscellaneous craft. Spares are at an all time low for all ships.
This is the "great" Royal Navy today. Westminster MP's destroyed our defense. Especially David Cameron. BTW The initials DC for Cameron stand for Defense Cuts, Defense Cuts and more Defense Cuts.
When World War 3 comes in a few years time Britain will be contributing the candy floss and 'zero' ships, aircraft or personnel.
Theresa May says she is spending 2 per sent of GDP in defense that might be just enough for the candy floss. It was over 5 per cent GDP in the 1980's.
Trouble with UK today is 'NO' Conservative Party anymore. Liberalism has killed that too. So no government and no leadership.
Reuters had a good dispassionate view of the end of the NATO meeting. đ [URL=https://tinyurl.com/y8dm9jhr]]]https://tinyurl.com/y8dm9jhr (Trump claims NATO victory after 'go it alone' ultimatum)[/URL]
Jonathan Allen wrote: ...Trump has turned decades of American diplomacy on its head, former U.S. ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"It's just infuriating to watch this happen," Burns said. "You cannot imagine any American president all the way back 75 years deciding to become the critic-in-chief of NATO. I mean, it's Orwellian. He's making our friends out to be our enemies and heâs treating our enemies, like Putin, as our friends."....
--[URL=https://tinyurl.com/ybnjeheh]]]https://tinyurl.com/ybnjeheh (Trump doubles request for NATO defense dollars, calls Germany 'a captive of Russia')[/URL]