Trump meets with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general

NATO Secretary General and President Trump discuss preparations for July summit

The Secretary General and President Trump were joined in their talks by members of the US national security team, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State James Mattis, General (ret) John Kelly, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff and Ambassador John Bolton, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. They paid the number that they're supposed to be paying.

"We are working on finding a practical solution" about the Iran deal, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's top diplomat, said earlier this week. He contended that other member countries have not been meeting NATO's goal of spending 2 percent of their individual countries' national economic output on defense.

However, not everybody is willing or capable of enlarging their defense budgets to the "minimum" level of 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2025, as demanded by Trump.

Stoltenberg, who is Norwegian, has interacted with Mr. Trump before.

Stoltenberg told him during talks at the White House that the push to get nations to contribute the recommended two percent of GDP to their common defense "after years of decline" had made all the difference. Instead the criteria should be the spending of actual dollars on defence. Canada was ranked 14 in the world in actual spending.

For instance, Estonia spent $498 million USA on defence, pushing it to 2.2 per cent of its GDP. Canada spends $20.6 billion US or 1.3 per cent of GDP, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. "No allies are cutting their budgets anymore".

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The veiled threat came at a cabinet meeting in Washington on Thursday, which was attended by NATO's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg.

'That really is quite a spectacular achievement, so I congratulate you, ' he said.

"Germany must demonstrate leadership in the alliance by addressing its longstanding shortfall in defense contributions", the U.S. leader added. "It is really having an impact".

Trump then interjected and asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general, "Do you give me credit for that?"

"You have helped to do that because your leadership has been important and it has had a real impact", Stoltenberg said.



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