Make peace great again: Brussels protests against Trump's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation visit

Howard TerryJul 09, 2018

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told McClatchy that European leaders are "scared to death" and are "increasingly anxious [Trump] is going to do things not based on what's in the best interest. but based exclusively on his vision of 'America First'". "They are anxious about a very unpredictable president of the United States". Still, any move to permanently withdraw American troops from Europe would ultimately require congressional authorization.

In remarks on CNN's "State of the Union", the Arizona Republican - a frequent critic of Trump - said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are already are concerned about Trump's "rhetoric".

The summit's agenda will include a discussion of Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election and the war in Syria, Trump said. "Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally.

He said that he expected leaders, including Theresa May and President Trump, to agree a number of initiatives at the summit to provide a... "Change is Coming!" Trump said on Twitter in June in posts that specifically called out Germany. The march organizers oppose more military spending.

Last month, a G-7 meeting in Canada turned sour when Trump disparaged allies and refused to sign a joint statement.

Unfortunately, Ms. Hutchison can not predict the potential behavior of the commander in chief, President Trump, who has kept security officials across Europe sleepless in anticipation of a possible blowup like he initiated at last month's Group of Seven meeting. "It would weaken the alliance and provide new opportunities for countries like Russian Federation to take advantage of that". "But I expect Germany to do more". Thousands more rotate into other European countries temporarily. He has pulled the USA out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles. They are strategically located to help in other regions of the world, such as counter Iran or strike the ISIS. Poland is willing to spend up to $2 billion to lobby the build a permanent military base there, according to a Defense Ministry proposal.

"Germany, which is the biggest country of the E.U., European Union, Germany pays 1 percent", he continued.

"That's the question: Is the USA security conditional?" asked Heather Conley, who served as a deputy assistant secretary of State in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs for George W. Bush and is now a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Trump has noted that most allies are not meeting their commitment of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

The White House declined to say if and how Trump might punish the countries.

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