Post a Comment Print Share on Facebook

Trump forces an extraordinary NATO meeting with new attacks on its allies

The American leader reproaches Germany and Spain for not spending enough

- 16 reads.

Trump forces an extraordinary NATO meeting with new attacks on its allies

US President Donald Trump has altered agenda of NATO summit this Thursday to re-launch reproaches on his allies for what he understands as a lack of military spending. Trump has interrupted a meeting held by 29 Heads of State and Government allied with Ukraine and Georgia to return to only issue that deserves ir attention in alliance: investment in defense. The American leader has directly questioned German Chancellor Angela Merkel — she was addressing her as "Angela" — and has also mentioned or countries, including Spain, according to diplomatic sources.

The Allies were pleasantly surprised that Thursday night's dinner would have elapsed with much more harmony than expected. The American tycoon behaved, with relatively sober messages and allusions to North Korea. But with advent of second meeting of Summit, almost entirely dedicated to relations with Alliance partners, Trump has returned to his role.

More information
  • DIRECTODonald Trump at NATO summit, latest live News
  • Trump whips allies by asking m to double target of military spending

After Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron had already intervened to discuss matter on table, relationship with Ukraine and Georgia, American tycoon has used his turn to resume issue of spending. Neir of us has responded because y had already intervened. But when secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has found that debate was slipping down that slope, completely alien to today's agenda, he has asked Ukrainian and Georgians to abandon room and have remained alone allied leaders, with Some or high office (in Spanish case has been Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles).

Who has been able to respond to American leader has been president of Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, who has opted for a more conciliatory tone than Trump, according to sources consulted. Sánchez has argued that Spain fulfils its commitments to alliance on three sides: money, military equipment and contribution to missions.

That third change at a summit that was already on its way has delayed work of morning. The meeting is scheduled to be completed first thing in afternoon.

Share in Facebook share on Twitter OtrosCerrarCompartir at LinkedinCompartir on GooglePlusCompartir on Pinterest more information
  • Spain to lead NATO's new Antijihadist mission in Tunisia
  • Eight NATO countries to spend 2% of GDP on defense this year


You have to login for comment. If you are not a member? Register now.

Login Sign Up