World Trump returns to NATO before heading to London

10:27  12 july  2018
10:27  12 july  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Brussels anti-Trump protest draws some 1,400

  Brussels anti-Trump protest draws some 1,400 A Brussels protest for peace and against the policies of US President Donald Trump drew around 1,400 people Saturday, days before he arrives for a NATO summit. "We want peace, not war," and "No war with Iran," were among slogans brandished by marchers at the rally organised by the "Trump not Welcome" group.The event passed off without incident with a number of children attending.Organisers wanted to show their opposition to Trump's demand that Europe raise its share of defence spending and to his immigration policies which they dubbed "inhumane.

Right Now: Trump prepares for Day 2 of the NATO summit, before heading to Britain. Roads were closed near the American ambassador’s residence ahead of Mr. Trump ’s visit to London . Credit Henry Nicholls/Reuters.

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission chief, also hit out at Washington’s interference in EU foreign relations, saying “we will not negotiate with a Damocles sword hanging over our heads ”. But, according to Trump ’s definition, evidently transferred to NATO

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera© Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

President Donald Trump is returning to NATO headquarters on Thursday after rattling allies with provocative and insulting comments during the summit's first day.

Some of the closest US allies were still reeling from Trump's diatribe accusing Germany of being "a captive of Russia" and insistence that "delinquent" allies increase defense spending "immediately." But the President isn't likely to face vocal or widespread hostility until later in the day on Thursday, when he heads to London for his first visit to the United Kingdom as President, where mass protests have been organized.

Senate overwhelmingly passes resolution supporting NATO as Trump attacks continue

  Senate overwhelmingly passes resolution supporting NATO as Trump attacks continue Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize members. The measure expresses the Senate's support for the body and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO.The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels for the NATO summit. He will also travel to the UK and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted against the measure, according to Defense News.Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) proposed the measure, calling the U.S. support for NATO "ironclad.

American presidents are usually seen as leaders at North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit meetings, but President This year’s NATO meeting, which begins on Wednesday, comes just days before Mr. Trump ’s planned meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki, Finland.

On this trip, after meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels, he’ll travel to the United Kingdom, where widespread protests are expected, before he heads to one of his Scottish golf resorts for the weekend.

Before leaving for London, Trump is set to participate in a pair of multilateral meetings focused on Russian aggression and the war in Afghanistan.

His first meeting will be with his counterparts from Georgia and Ukraine, two eastern European countries that have been partly invaded by Russia in the last decade. Trump will then meet with allies participating in the NATO-led "Resolute Support" mission to train and advise Afghan security forces.

But ahead of his arrival for Day 2 of NATO's annual summit, Trump signaled he was not yet done with his boorish attempts to pressure NATO allies to increase their defense spending.

"Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost," Trump said, once again mischaracterizing a country's own defense spending as payments to NATO as he has frequently done.

FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt

  FACT CHECK: Trump keeps promoting myth about NATO debt En route to a NATO summit, President Donald Trump is spreading the myth that members of the alliance owe money to the U.S. His tweet Tuesday: "Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made. Will they reimburse the U.S.?"THE FACTS: There is no such debt to the U.S. or to NATO. Therefore, no delinquency or question of payment.

Trump has railed against NATO allies, including in a series of letters last month, for not meeting defense-spending commitments. On Thursday afternoon, he will travel to London for meetings with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, before heading to

Even before the meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Stoltenberg, NATO leaders were trying to With heads of state taking care not to poke Mr. Trump , Donald Tusk, president of the European Council When Mr. Trump returns this year, he will enter the building after passing two monuments designed Roads were closed near the American ambassador’s residence ahead of Mr. Trump ’s visit to London .

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Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S.

  Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S. U.S. President Donald Trump said his efforts had pushed other NATO countries to contribute more to the Western defense alliance but it was still not enough to offset the burden on U.S. taxpayers. "Over the last year, about $40 billion more has been given by other countries to help NATO but that's not nearly enough," Trump told reporters ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels."The United States is spending far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some."This has been going on for decades and it is disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair.

On this trip, after meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels, he’ll travel to the United Kingdom, where widespread protests are expected, before he heads to one of his Scottish golf resorts for the weekend.

On this trip, after meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels, he’ll travel to the United Kingdom, where widespread protests are expected, before he heads to one of his Scottish golf resorts for the weekend.

"On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!" he added.

NATO allies -- even German Chancellor Angela Merkel who Trump singled out -- have so far played nice with Trump. But the US president is expected to face mass protests during his trip's next leg in London -- complete with a giant "Trump baby" balloon -- that tens of thousands of people have said they plan to attend. The US embassy in London has already advised US citizens there to "keep a low profile" during Trump's visit and to "be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent."

Trump's UK visit has been in the works since early in his presidency, but was repeatedly delayed because of the virulent opposition Trump has sparked there.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump will hold several of his key meetings outside of London, participating in a formal arrival ceremony and attending a dinner with UK Prime Minister Theresa May outside of London, in Oxfordshire.

Still, Trump will travel through London, participating in a meet-and-greet with diplomatic personnel at the US embassy and staying overnight at the US ambassador's residence in the city. He and first lady Melania Trump will also have tea with Queen Elizabeth II.

Trump is arriving amid a swirl of domestic government turmoil as well, with May's government in crisis and her future as prime minister in question following a string of resignations from within her Cabinet.

Asked about May's precarious political position, Trump has said it is "up to the people" whether May remains in power and offered praise of Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who recently resigned as foreign secretary in May's government.

Trump did note before leaving for Europe on Tuesday that the UK is "somewhat in turmoil."

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