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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trump forecasts ‘escalation’ between US and Iran!

  • Trump said he expected Iran to call him one day with an offer to allay US security concerns.
US President Donald Trump is forecasting an unspecified “escalation” between the US and Iran.

Trump also says Iran is treating the US with more respect, though there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim.

Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, reinstating economic sanctions that had been lifted under a deal among Iran, the US and other world powers in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.Trump was asked about Iran at a news conference in Brussels, where he wrapped up his participation in a NATO summit.

He says Iran is feeling a lot of pain as a result and that at some point Iran will “call me and they’re going to say let’s make a deal, and we’ll make a deal.”

The Latest on the NATO summit in Brussels:
Putin is a 'competitor', not an 'enemy': Trump

Trump said a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week may be the easiest on his Europe trip, saying Moscow was a competitor and not an enemy.

Asked if Putin presented a threat, Trump said, "I don't want him to be and that is why we have NATO," following a summit of the military alliance in Brussels.

"He is a competitor," Trump told reporters. "Is he my enemy? He is not my enemy ... Hopefully someday maybe he will be a friend. I just don't know him very well."

Trump said he would raise issues of arms control, extending new start treaty, and Russia violations of INF treaty in Putin talks.

"We go into that meeting not looking for so much. We want to find out about Syria. We will be talking about meddling ... We will be talking about Ukraine."

Trump says US commitment to NATO remains strong

Trump says the US commitment to NATO "remains very strong" despite reports that he threated to pull out in a dispute over defense spending.

Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments.

Trump says the US has been paying "probably 90 per cent of the costs of NATO."

Trump adds that he was "extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment."

NATO had no immediate comment.

Trump once declared NATO "obsolete." He says Thursday: "I believe in NATO."

Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on NATO defence spending

Trump hailed "tremendous" progress on defence spending commitments by NATO members.

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today," Trump said after emergency talks with fellow NATO leaders prompted by his demands for allies to boost military budgets immediately.

Trump says 'I believe in NATO' despite criticism

Trump said that he was still committed to NATO despite fierce criticisms of allies over their defence spending commitments.

"The US were not treated fairly but now we are. I believe in NATO," Trump told a press conference after a fraught NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump made no threat to quit NATO: Lithuania leader

Trump did not threaten to quit NATO during a summit, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters after the meeting in Brussels.

Asked whether anything Trump said might have been interpreted as a warning that the United States could withhold defence capabilities from allies in Europe, she said: "I would not interpret it that way."

Grybauskaite, whose Baltic nation is among those on NATO's front line with an increasingly assertive Russia, said Trump insisted that allies do more to quickly raise defence spending.

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