Canada Report: Trudeau Defies Trump at NATO Meeting, Cuts Military Spending

18:32  11 july  2018
18:32  11 july  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

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New figures show that Canadian military spending will be cut significantly, even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to face U.S. President Donald Trump ’s demands for higher NATO military spending at the alliance's summit in Brussels.

The NATO meeting represents the first time the two leaders have been in the same room together More from Murray Brewster. CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Report Typo or Error|Send Feedback. Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending .

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan arrive at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018.© Sean Gallup/Getty Images Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan arrive at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11, 2018. New figures show that Canadian military spending will be cut significantly, even as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to face U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher NATO military spending at the alliance's summit in Brussels.

According to The Canadian Press, Canada will spend around 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense in 2018, down from 1.36 percent last year. This is far below the 2 percent target set for NATO members, which has been a particular bugbear for the American president.

Trudeau insists Canada spending enough on defence, as Trump declares victory at NATO

  Trudeau insists Canada spending enough on defence, as Trump declares victory at NATO Trudeau insists Canada spending enough on defence, as Trump declares victory at NATO Instead, Trudeau said at the wrap of the summit in Brussels that Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to work toward contributing two per cent of its gross domestic product to military spending — the military alliance's benchmark —and reverse any cuts.

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Right Now: President Trump lectured NATO ’s secretary general on military spending and energy security. In June, after Mr. Trump ’s angry exit from the Group of 7 summit and his broadside at Justin Trudeau , the Canadian prime minister who played host to that meeting , Mr. Tusk tweeted, “There is a

Canadian National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the drop in investment was largely down to one-off payments. One was a retroactive pay increase for service members and the other was a $1.3 billion payment into the fund that pays out servicemember pensions.

In a statement carried by CBC, Le Bouthillier said, “Canada continues to place a premium on tangible operational contributions as well as on demonstrating a commitment and capacity to deploy and sustain personnel in support of the NATO alliance.”

Meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Wednesday morning, Trump set the tone for what is expected to be one of the most acrimonious conferences in NATO’s 69-year history. The president repeatedly brought up one of his favorite NATO talking points, that the U.S. pays an “unfair” amount towards the defense of Europe. He warned Stoltenberg, “We’re not going to put up with it, we cant put up with it,” demanding that other states step up military spending.

Cdn military spending to drop in 2018: NATO

  Cdn military spending to drop in 2018: NATO OTTAWA - Even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to defend against U.S. President Donald Trump's demands that Canada invest more in defence, a new NATO report suggests Canadian military spending as a percentage of GDP will fall sharply this year. Canada is expected to spend an estimated 1.23 per cent of its GDP on defence in 2018 — down from 1.36 per cent last year, says the annual report, which looks at military investments for all member states.

The US military values Nato and would resist any move by Trump to walk away. Based on Nato figures for 2017, the US spends 3.58% of GDP on defence. European members are well behind, with only five meeting a Nato target of 2% of GDP set at a summit in Wales in 2014.

Defence policy review to be released after Trudeau meets NATO allies. Trump has accused NATO members of not pulling their weight on defence spending . Donald Trump slams military 'free riders' in NATO .

Few NATO nations have met the 2 percent pledge since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the alliance has now committed to meeting the target it will take time for them to deliver. Trump, meanwhile, said he expects the change "immediately."

Germany was the first nation this week that Trump criticized publicly, but it is unlikely to be the last. Trump and Trudeau head to Brussels not long after a public spat that followed the G-7 meeting in Canada last month. Trump’s proposed tariffs were the subject of that disagreement. Trudeau had previously branded the president’s protectionism “unacceptable,” and after the G-7 meeting warned Canada “will not be pushed around.”

Trump then refused to back the G-7 joint statement, and took to Twitter to brand Trudeau “dishonest and weak.” As the war of words escalated, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said there is “a special place in hell” for any leader that “engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door.”

Trudeau, Trump have informal meeting on trade

  Trudeau, Trump have informal meeting on trade Trudeau, Trump have informal meeting on tradeA spokeswoman for the prime minister says the conversation was on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels and focused on trade, including efforts to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In the letter, according to a Canadian Press report , Trump cited "growing frustration" over Canada and other allied countries not meeting their defence spending targets. Trudeau won't be the only NATO leader attempting this diplomatic dance with Trump at NATO .

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his office on In his letter to Trudeau , Trump says there is "growing frustration" in the U.S. with North Atlantic The Liberals promised last year to increase spending on the military by 70 per cent over the next 10

Relations between the leaders were already shaky thanks to Trump’s repeated attacks on NAFTA — another sign of his apparent distrust of any transnational organization, be it NATO, the European Union or even the World Trade Organization. With all, Trump believes the U.S. is being “ripped off” in an unfair marketplace. The president has repeatedly said America will no longer be the “world’s piggy bank.”

NATO leaders in Brussels this week will fear a repeat of Trump's G-7 performance. A fractured summit would play directly into the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Trump will meet next week in Helsinki, Finland.

Canada extending mission in Latvia .
Canada extending mission in LatviaTrudeau made the announcement in Riga following a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and indicated that he hopes the increased Canadian commitment to Latvia gets the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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