McCain: Trump's meeting with Putin 'should not move forward'


The U.S. president said if other countries don't meet NATO's 2 percent of GDP spending target for defense, the U.S. would go it alone, DPA reported, citing unnamed sources.

Latvia is also on course to join them later this year according to Riga's 2018 defense budget projections, with Lithuania and Romania also expected to hit that target, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. Partners including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker therefore left the discussion.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks had ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

Donald Trump shrouded Brussels in his personal fog of war as he brought confusion and half-truths to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, before claiming an imaginary victory over America's allies in a conflict of his own making. They're the closest to Russian Federation and feel threatened by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its occupation of certain regions in Georgia since 2008.

In a series of tweets at the time, Trump said that "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart". He seemed to suggest a speeded-up timeline, saying nations would be "spending at a much faster clip", which if it panned out would mark a significant milestone for the alliance.

On Thursday, Trump reiterated his criticism of NATO in a tweet, stating, " Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro will lead a high-level team attending the Farnborough Airshow outside London next week to advocate on behalf of U.S. aerospace and defence companies.

In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added: "Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state".

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"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday".

"Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval - and which they will get - to go to 2 percent", Trump said at his press conference.

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security.

French President Emmanuel Macron, however, immediately denied that any agreement had been reached to increase expenditures beyond previously agreed targets.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defence - similar to the USA level - would be the right level. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and eight other Democrats in another letter calling on Trump to cancel the meeting.

He earlier infuriated Chancellor Angela Merkel by claiming Germany had been left "captive" and was "totally controlled" by Moscow because of a gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation. "The American people deserve to know the truth and the special counsel's investigation is doing just that".

Asked if Mr Putin presented a threat, Trump said, "I don't want him to be and that is why we have NATO".