Trump targets NATO before summit

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – July 11, 2018
NEW YORK (United States): United States (US) president Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated that the north Atlantic treaty organisation (NATO), an intergovernmental military alliance of 29 countries, has not treated the US with fairness, the US contributes far more to NATO compared with other allied countries.

According to detail, allied unity and the issue of burden-sharing will be among the central topics when heads of state and government convene for the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11-12.

Reportedly, the new security landscape pose challenges for NATO wherein political unity and solidarity within the alliance are essential for addressing the challenges.

Meanwhile, back in US, Trump said, “Well, we do have a lot of allies, but we cannot be taken advantage of” adding “We are being taken advantage of by the European union (EU).”

US president mentioned, “We lost $151 billion last year on trade” adding “On top of that, we spend at least 70 percent for NATO and, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us.”

On the issue of Brexit, he asserted, “United Kingdom (UK) is in somewhat ‘turmoil,’ the UK certainly has a lot going on” adding “Although I get along with UK prime minister (PM) Theresa May really well but it is up to the UK people to decide her fate.”

On the issue of former UK state secretary for foreign and commonwealth affairs Boris Johnson’s resignation, US president mentioned, “I have not communicated as yet with Boris” adding “But Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. He has been very, very nice to me and very supportive. And maybe we will speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson. I have always liked him.”

On the issue of illegal immigration, Trump said, “We have laws. We have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing. And as far as immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) is concerned, the people that are fighting ICE, it’s a disgrace.”

He reminded, “These people go into harm’s way. There is nobody under greater danger than the people from ICE. What they do to Mara Salvatrucha (MS) 13, an international criminal gang, and everything else” adding “So we ought to support ICE, not do what the Democrats are doing.”

Trump warned, “Democrats want open borders, and they don’t mind crime” adding “We want no crime, and we want borders where borders mean something. And remember this: without borders, you do not have a country.”