Publicado: Mier, Diciembre 04, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Trump and Macron to meet amid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tensions

Trump and Macron to meet amid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tensions

Trump explicitly linked his complaint that Europe does not pay enough for NATO's security missions to his staunch "America First" defense of United States commercial interests, saying it was time for Europe to "shape up" on both fronts.

Some $400 billion will be spent on defense investment by European nations and Canada by 2024‎, but more needs to be done, he said.

Speaking at the NATO Engages event in London on Tuesday, Trudeau said that the alliance must engage from Russian President Vladimir Putin from a position of strength rather than one of compromise, as national leaders prepared for an end-of-year meeting outside London on Wednesday. He also firmly expressed his frustration that Trump withdrew hundreds of American troops from Syria in October.

The YPG's fighters have always been USA allies on the ground against IS in Syria.

With the possibility of Trump winning reelection next year, and Macron in office until at least 2022, both have an interest in ensuring a squabble doesn't become a bitter break-up.

Macron, who early in Trump's presidency had looked to cultivate a close relationship with Trump, hosted Trump in 2017 for Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded last week, saying Macron himself was in a "state of brain death", causing a Franco-Turkish diplomatic spat ahead of the summit.

That threat raises new questions about NATO's commitment to its collective defense clause - Article 5 - under which all allies vow to come to the aid of a member under attack. Trump said he is weighing issuing sanctions against Ankara if they move forward with plans to buy the weapons.

Ahead of his departure for London, Mr Erdogan said Turkey would not approve a plan to defend Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the event of a Russian attack unless North Atlantic Treaty Organisation recognised the Kurdish YPG militia as terrorists.

However, Mr Macron told reporters: "We don't have the same definition of terrorism around the [Nato] table".

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She also tweaks a mini-wreath on a window of the traditional gingerbread White House in the State Dining Room. The official White House Christmas tree is decorated in the Blue Room and measures more than 18 feet tall.

"We find a tremendous security problem, with respect to Huawei", the president said. "They were very supportive actually".

"They're starting to tax other people's products, so therefore we go and tax them, which is taking place right now on technology, and we're doing their wines and everything else", he said.

Trump plugged another report due from thr Justice Department soon, this one by the USA attorney in Connecticut, John Durham, who has been looking into how US intelligence agencies went about investigating Russia's election meddling.

Mr Trump jokingly offered them to France, saying: "Would you like some nice [IS] fighters?"

"When you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries", Mr Trump said.

In London at a bilateral meeting alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump reacted to Macron telling The Economist magazine in early November that recent USA troop actions in Syria are contributing to the "brain death" of the NATO military alliance.

Trump insists he's exclusively focused on scoring domestic and foreign policy wins, but he's often appeared consumed by the day-to-day battle against impeachment.

"What he really feels one way about is the future", Mr Trump said. "We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn't want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter, we want nothing to do with it".

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