Poroshenko said that meeting, the first summit between Trump and Putin, could go either way, but trusted that “Ukraine would be among a top priority” for Trump.
“The United States was not being treated fairly, but now we are,” Trump said at a news conference in Brussels after NATO leaders held an emergency meeting to address the US president’s complaints that allies are not spending enough on defense.
“Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment,” Trump said, “And now we're very happy and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong NATO, much stronger than it was two days ago.”
Here are the highlights based on the NATO communiqué signed on July 11:
“Congress has your backs,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), co-chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I personally think this is the view of the future,” she said. “I think we need to look at security holistically. I think we want to prevent conflict, not just stepping in when conflict has happened.”
Managing a growing rift within NATOUS President Donald J. Trump traveled to Europe this week with his rhetorical guns loaded, taking aim at NATO allies for failing to adequately pay for their own defense. The primary target of Trump’s ire is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Despite positive trajectories in both German and NATO allies’ defense spending over the past two years, which allies promised to increase to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, Trump is not looking to take a “victory lap” in Brussels and take credit for positive momentum in NATO defense spending.
Instead, Trump will sharply accelerate American calls to end European “free-riding” to a new crisis point, directly linking U.S. political and security commitments in Europe with European willingness to raise defense spending, turning a security partnership into a transactional relationship. Trump’s rhetoric and actions in the following months has the potential to do more damage to the Alliance than any previous US president, more than even Russian President Vladimir Putin could have conducted or dreamed of.
Many of those doubts about the Alliance have been raised by US President Donald J. Trump, who has expressed displeasure with allies whom he believes are not pulling their weight.
Shea has some advice for Trump: he should read the Alliance’s communique. “If I am President Trump I would think, ‘My God! This is music to my ears. It really does push the Alliance in a direction of being useful to me on all of my foreign policy initiatives,’” he said.
It also produced an attempt by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to ease the Alliance’s relationship with its largest member—the United States.