‘Strange and counterproductive’: Kerry slams Trump’s remarks at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Trump suggests NATO allies raise target spending to 4 percent

"We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2%".

Merkel said it was very important to have such exchanges like the meeting she and Trump were having because "after all, we are partners".

The comments come amid wide expectations of a turbulent summit-Trump has long criticized the 29-member alliance, calling it "obsolete", and is extremely critical of countries that are failing to meet the target of 2% of their GDP as defense spending.

"Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".

German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the USA gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, declaring Wednesday that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

"And frankly maybe everyone is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation".

Turkey’s army may come under authority of defence ministry: President Erdogan
Next Sunday is the second anniversary of a failed coup attempt in which 250 people were killed and 1,400 wounded. The president can issue decrees, prepare the budget and has the power to impose a state of emergency.

Photographer bowled by celebrating players keeps snapping
After dominating the first half, it seemed that England was on course to their first World Cup final since 1990. Quick as a flash, he picked up his camera and took some remarkable close-up shots of the Croats' joy.

Brent Rises on Continued Libya Outage
Oil prices were falling Wednesday following the announcement by the Trump administration of new tariffs on Chinese goods. On Wednesday, the contract slumped 6.9 percent in its largest one-day percentage decline since February 9, 2016.

"Germany is the second largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and until today we have a strong engagement towards Afghanistan", Merkel said, adding: "In that we also defend the interests of the United States".

Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context.

"We are the second-largest supplier of troops. We put the largest part of our military capabilities at the service of Nato.We are defending the interests of the U.S.".

"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good, " she said.

The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the USA president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around. 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 U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

"We think President Trump is basically right, that the foundation of a successful alliance is fair contributions by all parties", said Britain's new foreign minister Jeremy Hunt. And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the USA now spends.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Liu Xia: Nobel laureate's widow allowed to leave China for Europe
Diplomats begin to pressure China to let her leave for Germany in accordance with her husband's last wishes. Hua said she "could not see any link" between Liu Xia's departure and the high-level Chinese visit.

Father fights for life and limbs after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in river
But the New Jersey Health Department says if anyone has open cuts or scrapes, it's best to stay out of the brackish water. According to the CDC , most people become infected with the bacteria after eating raw or undercooked shellfish.

WATCH Matteo Guendouzi reveal all in first interview
But Arsenal won the race for Torreira and the player's agent has lifted the lid on the scrap the Gunners emerged successful from. Strengthening the midfield was a top priority for Emery this offseason, and he's made some moves to try and make that happen.

South Korea airs worries over fallout from US-China trade war
The administration said the new levies were a response to China's decision to retaliate against the first round of USA tariffs. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said the announcement "appears reckless and is not a targeted approach".

Neill Blomkamp to direct new RoboCop sequel
In Blomkamp's words, "He (Rhodes) has added elements that are pretty awesome, to a sequel that was set in the world of Verhoeven". The director says that he agreed to do the new project because he loved the first movie so much when he was a kid.

Roadside system detects phone use in cars, activates warning sign
The other thing worthy of mention is that these signs can't record footage, so they won't act in a similar way to speed cameras. Although the signs are unable to log offending number plates, such a feature is being considered for development in the future.

Kim Jong-un Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit a Potato Farm
Kim Jong Un put potatoes ahead of Mike Pompeo during a U.S. visit to agree denuclearisation details, state media has suggested. Instead, North Korea appears as though it's conducting business as usual.

Papa John's founder apologizes after reportedly using slur
Papa John's issued an apology after the November 1 conference call distancing itself from Schnatter's comments. That comment and others disturbed multiple people on the call, Forbes' source said, according to the report.

NATO Summit Overshadowed by Defense Spending Spat
Lieu went one step further, drafting an illustrated message to mock the president for his hostile comments to US allies. He added the US and Germany have a good relationship.

Woman arrested in beating of 92-year-old man on sidewalk
Borjas had been driving by, she said, and wanted to stop, but the woman threatened to hit her vehicle with the brick. A GoFundMe campaign created for Rodriguez last week had raised almost $300,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

Brits set for NATIONWIDE protests ahead of London trip
Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders - and Trump unilaterally trashed them. The first Labour Live event has been organised by the Labour Party. "We don't know when". "It seems so un-American".

Comeback kings Croatia have unfinished business at the World Cup
Lukaku would need a fantastic performance against England in the third-place play-off to nudge Kane off top spot. He returned Wednesday to cheer on Croatia with almost 500 of his closest friends.

Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin confirm engagement on social media
He wrote , "You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn't want to spend it with anybody else". In a lengthy note posted on Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday, Bieber confirmed the engagement.

Republican senators are gaslighting Democrats on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Manchin is one of five Senate Democrats trying to get reelected in November in a state Trump won by double digits. The senator added that "President Trump could nominate George Washington and they would all be up in arms".

Cat-astrophic TV interview? This Polish scientist didn’t think so
The video is going viral with over 2.3 lakh views and most Twitterati were left in splits. During the talk, Targlaski looks nearly unfazed by the cat on his shoulders.

Other news