Weekend Reads Using NATO allies as ‘punching bags’ will backfire on Trump: Former Air Force secretary

06:05  12 july  2018
06:05  12 july  2018 Source:   cnbc.com

NATO to reinforce Russian threat to Trump: PM

  NATO to reinforce Russian threat to Trump: PM OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says President Donald Trump will face anti-Russian solidarity around the NATO table on Wednesday. Ahead of the 29-country military summit, Trump said Tuesday that Putin is less of a problem for him than under spending NATO allies, and the EU's pending Brexit breakup with the U.K.Trudeau says the NATO "table" remains united in its view that Russia is creating significant problems in the world. © Provided by thecanadianpress.

President Donald Trump ’s tactics towards NATO allies are “way, way over the top,” said Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the Air Force . As the NATO summit opened in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday

The allies see the President Trump of 2018 as different from the one who came to NATO last year — more A core element of deterrence is making it clear that the political will exists to use military force if NATO is Mr. Trump with the secretary general of NATO , Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House in

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  • President Donald Trump’s tactics towards NATO allies are “way, way over the top,” says former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.
  • Former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark says Trump is playing to his domestic base but is alienating allies in Europe.

President Donald Trump’s tactics towards NATO allies are “way, way over the top,” said Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the Air Force.

As the NATO summit opened in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, Trump slammed Germany as being “totally controlled” by Russia and went after leaders for not contributing more to defense spending.

While the president may have a point on spending, “weaponizing the burden-sharing theme” is not the way to go about it, James told CNBC on Wednesday.

Obama and Bush also pressed NATO allies to spend more on defense

  Obama and Bush also pressed NATO allies to spend more on defense What makes Trump different is how central the issue has become to his assessment of NATO's fundamental value.President Donald Trump has put defense spending levels among NATO-member countries front and center this week in Brussels, where he has repeatedly berated America's NATO allies for not meeting an agreed-upon goal for each country to spend 2 percent of its annual gross domestic product on defense.

The allies see the President Trump of 2018 as different from the one who came to NATO last year — more A core element of deterrence is making it clear that the political will exists to use military force if NATO is Mr. Trump with the secretary general of NATO , Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House in

The allies see the President Trump of 2018 as different from the one who came to NATO last year — more A core element of deterrence is making it clear that the political will exists to use military force if NATO is Mr. Trump with the secretary general of NATO , Jens Stoltenberg, at the White House in

“This constant using them as punching bags is likely to backfire because their own domestic audiences will expect them to more and more stand up to our President Trump,” she said on “Power Lunch.”

On Wednesday, Trump insisted allies “must pay” 2 percent of their country’s gross domestic product “immediately.”

The current agreed-upon standards call for allies to gradually increase spending to 2 percent by 2024. Right now, only five out of the 29 nations meet the 2 percent NATO guideline.

Earlier in the day, the White House confirmed that Trump also demanded that agreed-upon level be doubled to 4 percent of GDP.

Meanwhile, Trump’s accusation that Germany was “controlled by” Russia was based on oil and gas deals he says have given Moscow far too much influence over the continent’s largest economy.

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.

[ Trump lashes out at NATO allies , then asks them to double their defense spending goals]. “He’s using hyperbole to reinforce a negotiating tactic,” said Damon Wilson, a NATO expert at the Atlantic Council think tank.

Trump also offered kind words for Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary who is a frontman for Britain’s campaign to leave the European Union and Hours later, aboard Air Force One en route to Brussels, Trump returned to the subject, with another tweet. “Many countries in NATO , which we are

“Germany is totally controlled by Russia … They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate, because I think it's not,” Trump said, before criticizing Berlin's failure to significantly increase defense spending.

Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, told “Power Lunch” that criticism is a big overstatement.

“To say that they’re controlled by Russia is like saying that the United States is controlled by China because China buys American bonds and holds a lot of American debt,” Clark said.

“It plays well to President Trump’s domestic base and it alienates allies in Europe who understand what the real situation is.”

Clark, who retired in 2000 after rising to the rank of four-star general, said NATO has been useful in providing stability and security in Europe since World War II.

Canada extending mission in Latvia

  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.

And at dinner, where the leaders mingled as an acrobatic dancer performed by floating in the air , Trump said it was “a But he also stressed the common security threats all NATO allies face “He’s using hyperbole to reinforce a negotiating tactic,” said Damon Wilson, a NATO expert at the Atlantic

Speaking in the Oval Office, along with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump resorted to his usual gripe Trump vows to ‘deal with’ Germany & other NATO allies ‘not contributing enough’. Fist-size gunshot wounds, pulverized bones, inadmissible use of force by Israel in Gaza – HRW to RT.

“It’s benefited us just as much if not more so than the Europeans,” he said. “It’s not a matter of transactions. It’s not a matter of dollar for dollar. It’s a matter of building an Atlantic community in which everybody can trust and work together and grow. That’s what NATO does.”

In fact, he sees a possible opening for Russia in Eastern European countries thanks to the “discord” and “confusion” inside NATO, which encourages leaders to stand up and say the U.S. is not reliable.

“That opens the way for Russia’s corruption and other Russian influences in these countries that are harmful to the countries, harmful to good business practices, undercut the European Union as well, and really it undercuts the whole trans-Atlantic security we’re setting up,” he said.

Across the pond, there was agreement from Lord William Hague, former U.K. foreign secretary. He told CNBC’s Wilfred Frost Wednesday that while the U.S. has a point about defense spending, that is not the only aspect of NATO.

“It would be a great concern if this meeting ended in acrimony, because this is a vital alliance,” Hague said.

The US spent $686 billion on defense last year — here's how the other NATO countries stack up

  The US spent $686 billion on defense last year — here's how the other NATO countries stack up President Donald Trump wants the 28 other NATO countries to spend more on defense. The military alliance will meet in Brussels next week.Trump has frequently dressed down NATO counterparts and threatened to reduce U.S. military support if allies do not increase spending.As of June 2017, only six nations met NATO spending standards: the U.S., Greece, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland and Romania.The world's most powerful military alliance will convene in Brussels next week – and President Donald Trump will be pushing the 28 other NATO members to spend more money.

He tweeted more criticism of Nato while on Air Force One © AP. Mr Trump will have breakfast with Jen Stoltenberg, Nato secretary -general, on Wednesday Mr Stoltenberg will try to persuade Mr Trump that the US’s Nato allies have “turned a corner” on military spending, but still need to do more.

US President Donald Trump is poised to deliver his vision on burden-sharing among military allies at Brussels NATO summit in July, Hogan Gidley, the White House’s Deputy Press Secretary , told reporters on board Air Force one.

“The United States in the 20th century was twice embroiled in a catastrophic war here in Europe because of a breakdown of European security, and an alliance that maintains European security is fundamentally in the interests of the United States, almost irrespective of what the individual members spend,” he added.

For James, she’s concerned about the juxtaposition between Trump’s behavior at the NATO summit and his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“My great fear is that in contrast to this very, very tense combative summit with our closest allies on Earth, our president may go into a discussion which turns out to be very chummy with Vladimir Putin,” she noted. “Russia, of course, is one of the top threats that we see to our security interests.”

— CNBC’s Sam Meredith contributed to this report.

Chaos marks summit's end as Trump claims win .
Donald Trump boasted Thursday of singlehandedly winning commitments from his fellow NATO leaders to meet and exceed a defence spending target of two per cent of GDP — even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only of continuing with Canada's existing military plan.

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