President Trump used his first NATO meeting to rebuke member nations who fail to meet the trans-Atlantic alliance’s defense spending target, saying American taxpayers unfairly are left to pick up the slack.
Speaking at dedication ceremonies for NATO’s new headquarters, Trump noted that the defense budgets of 23 of the 28 members don’t meet a target equal to 2% of each respective nation’s economic output, while the United States has spent more on defense in eight years than the other 27 combined.
“Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years,” he said. “We have to make up for the many years lost.”
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Trying to head off a diplomatic rift with Britain, President Trump on Thursday issued a statement promising "a complete review" of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist attack at a Manchester concert.
Some British officials have suggested that U.S. officials are leaking sensitive information to American media outlets about the investigation into the attack.
The New York Times posted forensic photographs collected from the scene of the Manchester concert bombing, which upset British officials. Whether the photographs were provided by U.S. officials or came from some other source is not publicly known.
President Trump refused to answer questions Thursday about concerns among key allies on intelligence sharing with the United States, just as he prepares to join many of them here to inaugurate the new NATO headquarters.
During a brief photo opportunity at his first meeting with Emmanuel Macron, France's newly elected president, Trump for a second time remained silent as a reporter asked about a potential breakdown in the U.S.-United Kingdom intelligence-sharing relationship.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to press Trump on the issue when they meet later Thursday, after the New York Times posted forensic photographs collected from the scene of the Manchester concert bombing. The acting U.S. ambassador to Britain told the BBC that the leaks were "deeply distressing."
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said Thursday that differences remain between the Trump administration and the European Union on Russia, energy and trade.
“I am not 100 percent sure that we can say today… that we have a common opinion about Russia,” Tusk, a former Polish prime minister who is sometimes called "the other Donald," said after a meeting with President Trump at EU headquarters.
Tusk added that while some issues "remain open, like climate and trade," the leaders agreed “first and foremost” on the need to combat terrorism.
The deadly suicide bombing in Britain and threats of more attacks thrust counter-terrorism to the top of President Trump’s agenda for talks with NATO leaders here on Thursday, buttressing his bid to enlist the alliance he had called obsolete to join the fight against Islamic State.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, anticipating the alliance meetings, told reporters flying with the president to Brussels from Rome, where Trump met Pope Francis earlier Wednesday, that Monday’s attack in Britain “is going to strengthen the resolve in this fight against terrorism.”
Tillerson stopped short of predicting that NATO would agree to formally join the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but said it “would be a really important step” if the alliance did so.
The Times' Cathleen Decker is looking through the Congressional Budget Office's report on the American Health Care Act, the Republican healthcare bill that has passed the U.S. House and is also known as AHCA. Here are a few takeaways.
An analysis released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office finds that the Republican healthcare bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade.
The report likely will complicate Republican efforts to get the controversial bill through the Senate.
On his first official trip to the Middle East, President Trump has resoundingly thrown America’s lot in with Sunni Arab states and cast Shiite Iran as a global pariah, even as Iranians reelected a president who has offered to work with the West.
During his two days in Riyadh, Trump’s full-throated support for the autocratic monarchies in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, as well as his fierce denunciation of Iran, allowed him to claim an historic new coalition of interests.
In the next two days, in Jerusalem, he doubled down and argued that Israel and the Arabs should join forces against Iran and along the way, resolve Israel’s conflict with Palestinians in a grand bargain that has eluded diplomats for decades.