Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Trump sets North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies' military spending target to 4 percent

Trump stokes tensions with US allies ahead of NATO summit Trump brands Germany a “captive of Russia,” days before he meets Putin
Steven Clarke | 12 July, 2018, 14:34

US President Donald Trump has raised the stakes for his European allies' defence spending from 2% to 4% of GDP, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told a small group of Bulgarian journalists at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday (11 July).

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted Wednesday that member countries have already been increasing their defense spending.

Trump has berated members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were attacked.

Praising new initiatives to build capacity, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg estimated that as much as 266 billion additional US dollars would be spent by European allies and Canada on defense by 2024.

Two NATO sources said, however, that Trump had not issued a threat to pull the United States out of the alliance that it helped found to keep the peace in Europe after World War Two. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the USA president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

Mr Trump also spent time with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has recently been reelected and gained new powers as his country's executive president. 'When Germany and the rest of Europe don't have to spend enough on defense, and we have to as taxpayers carry that burden they're able to invest more in their private sector economy, grow their own economy at our expense, ' he said.

"Everyone in the room thanked me", he said.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

Papa John’s founder apologizes for using N-word during conference call
Company shares fell as much as 5.9 per cent on Wednesday to US$47.80 near midday, the lowest intraday level since February 2016. Papa John's International, Inc. announced Schnatter has resigned as chairman in a statement late Wednesday night.

Setting the tone for the summit's first day, President Trump made waves Wednesday morning at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg when he accused Germany of being under the sway of Russian interests.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to.

"I myself lived through a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union".

United States officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war.

He continued: "Nato is much stronger than it was two days ago".

Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked.

Recommended

  • Thai Soccer Players Wave in First Hospital Footage Since Dramatic Cave Rescue

    Thai Soccer Players Wave in First Hospital Footage Since Dramatic Cave Rescue

    Coach Ake, as he is known, is the assistant coach who was with the 12 boys in the caves, and was the last person to be rescued. Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars team, told CNN that he did not know why the boys had gone into the cave.
    Chasing Croatian football dreams to final of Fifa World Cup 2018

    Chasing Croatian football dreams to final of Fifa World Cup 2018

    Petersburg for the tournament , but their campaign has taken them to five different host cities. "I felt very welcomed. F1 driver Hamilton wrote on Twitter that the team had done England proud, showing "real grit and determination".
    Thai official: Rescued boys generally healthy and smiling

    Thai official: Rescued boys generally healthy and smiling

    All 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand have been rescued following the "largest, most complex cave rescue in history". Medical officials told reporters that they're healthy, fever-free, mentally fit and "seem to be in high spirits".
  • Three things we learned from Croatias semi-final win over England

    Three things we learned from Croatias semi-final win over England

    They now have the chance to avenge that loss and become the ninth nation to win a World Cup final . Croatia have hardened warriors whose understanding of big matches at times came to the fore.
    Joe Root still believes he has a T20 future despite England axe

    Joe Root still believes he has a T20 future despite England axe

    Joe Root hasn't experienced the feeling of being dropped many times in his professional career. Runs are your currency and that's what you get selected on.
    Samsung will release a fully frameless smartphone

    Samsung will release a fully frameless smartphone

    There were previous rumours that claimed that the Galaxy S10 + will come fitted with a triple-sensor camera on the rear. It has been speculated that the company may embed the speakers in the display to reduce that bezel space.
  • Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

    Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

    England must now rouse themselves for the finale of the third-placed play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday. Kieran Trippier couldn't hold back the tears as he realised England's World Cup dream was over.
    Opposition Targets Kavanaugh For Frat Name Brett

    Opposition Targets Kavanaugh For Frat Name Brett

    Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate? He later joined the administration of President George W. President Donald Trump waited for primetime to unveil his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy .
    Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football 'heroes'

    Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football 'heroes'

    Police officers took photographs of each other at the massive cave entrance, as pumps continued to suck out huge volumes of water. That left 20 or so divers scrambling to flee the rising waters, he said, explaining they narrowly made it out time.
  • Kane ‘gutted’ as England’s World Cup dream dies

    Kane ‘gutted’ as England’s World Cup dream dies

    They needed a penalty shoot-out to see off Denmark in the last 16, though, after Modric had missed from the spot in extra time. For a second there, it did honestly feel like it was coming home, but alas, it was not to be.
    PM May urges her party to back EU Brexit plan - spokesman

    PM May urges her party to back EU Brexit plan - spokesman

    This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party. "Because I've already cleared the existing text with Mrs Merkel". Mr Buckland added that there had been a realisation that "we all hang together or we all hang separately".

    Stormy Daniels arrested in 'desperate setup' at strip club

    He said he expected his client to be released on bail and that she would be charged with a misdemeanor for allowing touching. However, according to her outspoken lawyer, her performance this evening was interrupted.

Iranian girl held for dancing Instagram post Iranian girl held for dancing Instagram post Maedeh Hojabri was arrested and forced to confess on state television for videos she posted of herself dancing in her bedroom. Dancing in public is forbidden for women in Iran , as is making public appearances without a hijab covering your hair.

Merkel responds to Trump: 'I have witnessed' Germany under Soviet control Merkel responds to Trump: 'I have witnessed' Germany under Soviet control He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with Nato's Stoltenberg. And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

Liu Xia, widow of dissident, leaves China for Germany, friend says Liu Xia, widow of dissident, leaves China for Germany, friend says In May, several foreign diplomats who tried to visit her at her apartment amid concerns over her health were denied access. According to AP, Liu Xia's brother, Liu Hui, sent his thanks to his sister's supporters via social media.

China vows retaliation for latest United States tariff threat China vows retaliation for latest United States  tariff threat China 'cannot match fresh USA tariffs, ' Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank said. It's unclear what that action could include. Jack Gerard, Cal Dooley, and Edward R.

Erdogan's son-in-law new finance minister Erdogan's son-in-law new finance minister The coronation of the presidential office as the nexus of political power takes place at a critical juncture. A senior adviser to Erdogan later said that governors would still be appointed for a five-year term.

Man sells 31-foot long fingernails to Ripley's in Times Square Man sells 31-foot long fingernails to Ripley's in Times Square The historic surgical procedure, which took roughly 20 minutes to complete, took place at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Mr Chillal's unusual choice didn't stop him from leading a normal life with his wife, two children and grandchildren.

Scrapped drill with S. Korea would have cost $14 mn: Pentagon Scrapped drill with S. Korea would have cost $14 mn: Pentagon The $14 million cost for Ulchi Freedom Guardian represents a microscopic portion of the Pentagon's roughly $700 billion budget. What Pyongyang really wants is a four-party meeting with South Korea, China and the United States, the professor said.

Stormy Daniels Arrested In Ohio Strip Club, Michael Avenatti Says Stormy Daniels Arrested In Ohio Strip Club, Michael Avenatti Says An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act, passed in 2007, prohibits anyone who is not a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer.

Andrew Benintendi Falls Short In All-Star Final Vote; Jean Segura Gets Nod Andrew Benintendi Falls Short In All-Star Final Vote; Jean Segura Gets Nod The reigning NL MVP won't be participating for the AL squad in the All-Star Game next week in Washington. For the eight players not selected in the Final Vote, the All-Star dream is not officially over.

Donald Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation , airs list of grievances Donald Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation , airs list of grievances Trump's remarks on Germany and Russian Federation generated a sharply worded response from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Singling out Germany isn't necessarily fair, said defense analyst Sophia Besch of the Center for European Reform.

Brits set for NATIONWIDE protests ahead of London trip Brits set for NATIONWIDE protests ahead of London trip Mr Khan said he supported the decision taken by the Greater London Authority, adding that it was not for him to be a "censor". Protesters are also expected to show up at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, and Windsor Castle.

Roy Keane summed up England's World Cup exit with one, brutal sentence Roy Keane summed up England's World Cup exit with one, brutal sentence I know England may have thought it was a bit tongue and cheek a few weeks ago, but you've got to focus on just one game at a time. As fellow pundits Gary Neville and Lee Dixon laugh, Wright says: "We weren't talking about the final, we were having a laugh".

Rescuers To Extract Final Five From Thai Cave Tuesday Rescuers To Extract Final Five From Thai Cave Tuesday They will only be allowed close contact once all test results have come back clear. "Four plus one coach , so it's five". Four Seal team divers - including a doctor - who stayed with the group were still to emerge, the Facebook post added.

Justin Bieber finally confirms his engagement with Hailey Baldwin Justin Bieber finally confirms his engagement with Hailey Baldwin Not long after, Bieber started dating Hailey Baldwin , who, ironically was "Team Jelena", according to a tweet from 2011. There you go! Justin is clearly in love and sounds like Hailey will be his life partner for the rest of his days.

William, Kate’s third child Prince Louis christened William, Kate’s third child Prince Louis christened Alexander McQueen has previously designed Kate's wedding dress as well as ensembles for the previous two christenings as well. The ceremony will also take place in the same church as Prince George's christening, the Chapel Royal at St.