Trump Muses About Future Friendship With Putin: He 'Is Not My Enemy'

Trump is flanked by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left and national security adviser John Bolton during a press

Trump is flanked by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left and national security adviser John Bolton during a press

Trump had opened the first day of talks in Brussels on Wednesday with a public diatribe against Germany, the second biggest state in the Western defense alliance, criticizing its reliance on Russian gas imports and failure to spend more on defense.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic mounted a charm offensive at the summit, presenting Trump with a Croatian soccer jersey as giving him plenty of attention.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is billing a pre-existing plan to grow military spending by 70 per cent over the next 10 years as Canada's answer to Donald Trump's persistent demand that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies spend two per cent of their GDP on defence.

He accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being beholden to Moscow due to energy imports, while letting Americans pay for protecting Germany from Russian Federation.

Demonstrators say that hundreds of thousands of people are planning to take to the streets tonight and tomorrow, and are planning to float a giant balloon caricature of Trump outside Parliament.

The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Mr. Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland. Russian Federation has since been supporting them financially and militarily. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025". The figure is non-binding, and the goal was to reach it by 2024, not immediately.

"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.

"Targeting Merkel, especially her immigration strategy in the past, is exactly what he wants to attack", the diplomat said, noting that Trump's previous criticism of the German leader's immigration policy has resonated with his own political base at home.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defense - similar to the United States level - would be the right level.

More news: I was bedridden before England semi-final, reveals Rakitic
More news: This Is the Most Tender Photo of the World Cup So Far
More news: Obamacare 'navigator' program cut further by Trump administration

"There is a communique that was published yesterday; it's very detailed", Macron said. "He generally dislikes the Alliance and Allied solidarity, the very principle of an alliance and mulitlareral frameworks", she said. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

He added: "If the EU do not offer the USA a better deal on trade, the U.S. will do something about European cars being imported at a very low tariff". "The additional money they will be putting up has been really incredible".

So many news talking heads noted Kelly's behavior, two seats away from Trump at the table, that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders felt the need to explain.

Asked if he would change his tune and tweet something else as he headed to England aboard Air Force One, Trump said, "that's other people that do that". "I'm very consistent", he replied. "I'm a very stable genius", he joked.

So, in a stroke, he shifted attention away from his own ties to the Kremlin just days before he meets one-on-one with Putin.

In 2017, the United States spent 3.1 percent of its GDP on defense, while Estonia, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom stand as the only countries which have crossed the two percent threshold.

Following Trump's statement, the 29 members met for a separate crisis meeting, and representatives of partner countries Ukraine and Georgia were asked to leave the room.

McCain then ticked off a series by transgressions by Putin, including the "attack" on the USA election and efforts "to undermine democratic institutions throughout the world". Two of her top government officials resigned earlier this week over negotiations on how to manage Brexit, including foreign secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump has called a "friend".

Recommended News

  • LeBron James Spotted At Dinner In Los Angeles With 2 Massive Celebrities

    LeBron James Spotted At Dinner In Los Angeles With 2 Massive Celebrities

    LeBron James recently joined the Lakers , and fans are already trying to run him out of town, kind of. It's much different than the Cavaliers squad James left.

    Trump dodges London protests for tea with Queen Elizabeth

    Huge protests are planned in the UK's capital city during Trump's visit when he arrives with first lady Melania Trump on Thursday. In a statement, the group said it was a "victory that Donald Trump does not appear to have any official engagements in London ".
    Trump to visit Britain amid Brexit turmoil

    Trump to visit Britain amid Brexit turmoil

    " Donald Trump likes to pose as an worldwide tough guy, but it looks like he's too scared to face protesters in London ". That led roughly half a million people to sign a petition calling for Trump to be banned from entering the UK.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not unveils world’s longest fingernails

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not unveils world’s longest fingernails

    Chillal's nails were carefully cut by a technician using power tools at a ceremony in Ripley's Believe It or Not! in Times Square , New York on Wednesday.
    Zsa Zsa, the world's ugliest dog, has died

    Zsa Zsa, the world's ugliest dog, has died

    Zsa Zsa's family held a farewell ceremony for her in their back yard. "She knew she was special", Brainard told the Today show. We were all saying our goodbyes and [our 15-month-old daughter] Mareslie went right over and gave her a kiss.
    EU President to Trump: 'Appreciate Your Allies' as 'You Don't Have Many'

    EU President to Trump: 'Appreciate Your Allies' as 'You Don't Have Many'

    The President raised this same issue when he was at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a year ago , ' the Trump spokeswoman said. Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to.
  • Apple Updates Touch Bar MacBook Pro with 32 GB RAM, New Keyboard

    Apple Updates Touch Bar MacBook Pro with 32 GB RAM, New Keyboard

    Kuo also reckons that the MacBook Pro and iMacs will get a bit of a tweak, notably with eighth-gen Intel Coffee Lake processors . Kuo is considered by many in the tech industry to be the top analyst covering Apple , particularly with his product predictions.
    'Fortnite' Season 5 launches with new areas, all-terrain golf cart

    'Fortnite' Season 5 launches with new areas, all-terrain golf cart

    Fortnite's fifth season has officially arrived with a host of new features, map modifications and cosmetic goods in tow. These will take you "for a wild ride" if you dare step in, so maybe they'll act as some kind of teleportation portal.
    Dejan Lovren hoping to avoid Harry Kane horror show

    Dejan Lovren hoping to avoid Harry Kane horror show

    Only Harry Kane (6 goals) has been involved in more goals at the 2018 World Cup than Antoine Griezmann (3 goals, 2 assists). He was rested in the Three Lions' final group game against Belgium but otherwise he has only missed 27 minutes of game time.
  • Dejan Lovren Reveals Supporting Message Jurgen Klopp Sent Him

    Dejan Lovren Reveals Supporting Message Jurgen Klopp Sent Him

    Last night he exorcised those ghosts, helping to shut Harry Kane down as Croatia reached the World Cup final. We beat our record of 20 years ago and we had it on our shoulders all the time, this weight.
    Instagram Stories getting more interactive with new ‘Question Sticker’ conversation starters

    Instagram Stories getting more interactive with new ‘Question Sticker’ conversation starters

    Followers will see your poll when they view your story, and can cast their own vote to reveal which choice is in the lead. For example, in the screenshot above, you could roast the story-poster in as much excruciating detail as you'd like.
    A Hundred Classmates Endorse Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    A Hundred Classmates Endorse Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

    However, the news of this endorsement was undermined by another letter signed by Kavanaugh's fellow alumnus of Yale Law School. However, Brewer said she does not think McCain will make it back to the Senate in order to vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.