Tag Archives: NATO

NATO Suspends Anti-ISIS Training Mission In Iraq

Politico reports: NATO suspended its training mission in Iraq, the alliance said Saturday after a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. NATO has been advising the Iraqi defense forces on how to keep ISIS from regaining strength. However, those “training activities are temporarily suspended,” NATO spokesman Dylan White said in an emailed statement. “The safety of …

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Trump Lied At Least 21 Times At NATO Presser

CNN’s indefatigable Daniel Dale reports: President Donald Trump held official meetings with two foreign leaders and the head of NATO at the alliance summit in London on Tuesday — and turned the public portion of each of the three sessions into his own highly dishonest impromptu press conference. Trump treated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, French President Emmanuel Macron and …

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VIRAL VIDEO: World Leaders Gossip About Trump

The Guardian reports: Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron appear to be joking about Donald Trump at the opening of this week’s NATO summit in London along with other world leaders. In the video, Johnson asks Macron: ‘Is that why you were late’ before Trudeau interjects: ‘He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top.’ …

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Turkey Vows To Scuttle NATO Defense Plan Over Kurds

The Independent reports: Turkey will block NATO’s plan for the defence of Baltic countries unless the alliance recognises a Kurdish group as “terrorists”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned. A NATO meeting on Tuesday, marking the alliance’s 70th anniversary, was set to be a tense affair with Turkey at odds with other members over its purchase of Russian missiles and …

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Trump Bashes “Very Insulting” Macron At NATO Summit

The New York Times reports: President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by stepping into an unlikely role as defender of an alliance he once called “obsolete.” Mr. Trump said President Emmanuel Macron of France had been “very …

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Trump Moves To Cut US Contribution To NATO Budget

CNN reports: The Trump administration has moved to substantially cut its contribution to NATO’s collective budget according to several US and NATO officials, a symbolic move that comes as many continue to question President Donald Trump’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance as he prepares to attend a summit to mark its 70th anniversary in London next week. Previously the US …

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Mike Pence Gets Silent Treatment From NATO Leaders After Hailing “Resolute Leadership Of President Trump”

Axios reports: Vice President Mike Pence unleashed some of the most stinging criticisms of NATO allies Germany and Turkey yet from the Trump administration, contending that both countries’ recent actions threaten to undermine the alliance. Some NATO allies see President Trump as a threat to the alliance, with Trump himself having privately mused about withdrawing the U.S. from NATO on …

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House Votes 357-22 To Bar Trump From Leaving NATO

Defense News reports: The U.S. House passed legislation Tuesday evening that seeks to bar President Donald Trump from withdrawing from NATO amid renewed concerns over his commitment to the 29-nation military pact. In a bipartisan 357-22 vote, the Democrat-led lower chamber sent the Senate the NATO Support Act, which would prohibit the use of federal funds to withdraw from the …

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Trump Has Discussed Withdrawing US From NATO

The New York Times reports: There are few things that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia desires more than the weakening of NATO, the military alliance among the United States, Europe and Canada that has deterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years. Last year, President Trump suggested a move tantamount to destroying NATO: the withdrawal of the United States. …

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Angela Merkel: Germany Can No Longer Rely On An American Superpower To Maintain World Order

Reuters reports: Chancellor Angela Merkel, vowing to stay in office despite challenges at home and abroad, said she would work on Germany’s “under pressure” relationship with the United States but that Washington could no longer be relied on to deliver world order. In a wide-ranging news conference, Merkel described Germany’s relationship with the United States as “crucial”, even after U.S. …

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Trump Questions NATO Mutual Defense Treaty: Why Should We Protect “Tiny And Aggressive” Montenegro?

NBC News reports: In the 12 short years since Montenegro regained its independence, the European country has joined NATO, boosted its defense spending, and according to official figures contributes more troops per capita to the war in Afghanistan than the United States. Yet this U.S. ally — smaller than Connecticut and about as populous as Baltimore — found itself in …

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Germany Says Europe Can No Longer Rely On The US

Reuters reports: Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Donald Trump and needed to close ranks after the U.S. president called the European Union a “foe” with regard to trade. “We can no longer completely rely on the White House,” Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group. “To maintain our partnership with the USA we must …

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Trump Reminds NATO That He’s A “Very Stable Genius”

Mediaite reports: Donald Trump is reminding people he’s a “very stable genius.” No, seriously. The president held a surprise press conference in NATO today, during which he said Vladimir Putin is not an enemy again, shrugged off the upcoming protests against him in the United Kingdom, and claimed the summit “all came together at the end” now that America’s allies …

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Trump Threatens To Withdraw US From NATO

Politico reports: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to break with NATO and conduct American security unilaterally — if allies do not immediately meet higher military spending targets, NATO officials and diplomats said. Trump warned of “grave consequences” if allies do not immediately meet higher spending targets, derailing a morning meeting of NATO leaders with the leaders of Georgia and Ukraine …

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Sarah Sanders: John Kelly Grimaced At Trump’s Attack On Germany Because He Didn’t Like His Breakfast

The Washington Post reports: President Trump kicked off his trip to Europe with a biting critique of the United States’ longtime allies, declaring at a breakfast meeting that Germany “is captive to Russia.” Next to him, three of his senior officials seemed uncomfortable at times, pursing their lips and glancing away from the table. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg remains …

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House Rebukes Trump With Unanimous Pro-NATO Vote

The Washington Examiner reports: The House on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting NATO just hours after President Trump rebuked intergovernmental military alliance. The House approved the nonbinding measure by voice vote. The Senate passed a similar resolution on Tuesday by a vote of 97-2. Republican Sens. Mike Lee, of Utah, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky, voted against the Senate …

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Group Photo: NATO Leaders, Please Look To Your Left

Quartz reports: At today’s NATO summit in Brussels, the west’s gathered leaders turned their head in unison to watch a military flyover. But for a brief moment, US president Donald Trump’s attention drifted elsewhere. The resulting photo is an almost too perfect symbol for the tenor of the meeting. Ahead of his arrival, Trump had attacked the other members of …

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Trump Blows Up First NATO Meeting, Accuses Germany Of Being “Totally Controlled By Russia” [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump unleashed his most remarkable broadside yet against a European ally on Wednesday, accusing Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia” and of not meeting its obligations to the NATO alliance. “Germany, as far I’m concerned, is captive to Russia,” Trump said. That extraordinary rhetoric represents Trump’s strongest attack to date on NATO allies – …

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Trump: Meeting With Putin Is Easier Than NATO Allies

CNN reports: President Donald Trump said his easiest meeting on his foreign trip to Europe during the next week may be his sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump spoke to reporters before leaving for the NATO summit in Brussels, the first stop on his trip. He then plans to travel to the United Kingdom where he will hold …

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Pentagon Mulls Withdrawing US Troops From Germany

The Washington Post reports: The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to people familiar with the work. The effort follows Trump’s expression of interest in removing the troops, made during a meeting earlier this year …

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