Canada Trudeau insists Canada spending enough on defence, as Trump declares victory at NATO

06:57  13 july  2018
06:57  13 july  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Justin Trudeau wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Thursday that Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to work toward contributing two per cent of its GDP to military spending and reverse any cuts. His comments came at the end of a two-day NATO summit in Brussels, where U.S. President Donald Trump instead said that he convinced the military alliance to dramatically hike spending.© Olivier Matthys/Associated Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Thursday that Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to work toward contributing two per cent of its GDP to military spending and reverse any cuts. His comments came at the end of a two-day NATO summit in Brussels, where U.S. President Donald Trump instead said that he convinced the military alliance to dramatically hike spending.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada hasn't committed to spending new money on defence, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's comments that he convinced NATO allies to dramatically hike spending.

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U.S. President Donald Trump claimed a NATO summit victory as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sidestepped questions about Canada 's defence spending . James G

RIGA, Latvia — Canada has no plans to double the amount of money it spends on its military, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday as he all but shrugged off Donald Trump 's persistent demand that America's fellow NATO allies start spending two per cent of their GDP on defence .

Instead, Trudeau said at the wrap of the summit in Brussels that Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to work toward contributing two per cent of its gross domestic product to military spending — the military alliance's benchmark —and reverse any cuts.

Trudeau said Canada has been "taking the right approach" on defence spending, pointing to the Liberals' plans to increase the defence budget by 70 per cent over the next decade to $32.7 billion.

"The president has been consistent that he wants to see people spending more on defence in their countries and we are very pleased we are doing that," Trudeau told reporters.

"We'll always step up, with cash yes but also with commitments and capacity. That's what NATO is looking for."

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World Donald Trump Justin Trudeau Canada NATO summit. According to CBC, Canada will spend around 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense in 2018, down from 1.36 percent last year. Canadian National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the drop in investment was largely down to

While only part of the greater US spending is directed to the collective defence of its Nato allies, President Trump has argued since before his election that the allies are freeloading on the backs of US taxpayers and are failing to spend enough of their own resources on their defence .

Trudeau went into the summit saying Canada was not prepared to double its defence budget to meet the NATO target.

New figures released by the military alliance just ahead of the summit  show Canada only hits 1.23 per cent of GDP.

Trump said Thursday he had convinced NATO allies to increase defence spending to meet the alliance's benchmark and perhaps go higher.

He spoke at the closing of the two-day summit, which was punctuated with insults, arguments and high drama behind closed doors.

"It all came together in the end," Trump said.

He went into the meeting questioning the value of the 70-year-old institution, but came out extolling its solidarity and the willingness of leaders to co-operate, work together and bow to his wishes.

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Trump claimed he had done what other presidents had failed to do by pushing leaders to agree to higher spending.

By all indications, the morning session of NATO leaders from 29 nations was stormy.

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PM Justin Trudeau with defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan and chief of defence staff Jonathan Vance at Nato at the end of May. Nato members have committed to spend 2% of GDP on the military, a target few meet. Trump last month upset Nato leaders by insisting they commit more funds.

The Trudeau government has vowed to increase defence spending by 70 per cent over the next 10 years. Even after that investment, Canada would still fall short of the goal and only reach 1.4 per cent by the deadline. Ahead of the NATO meeting, Trump sent a letter to Ottawa expressing “growing

Trump upended the meeting Wednesday by insisting all members increase their military spending this year to two per cent of their GDP — a standard established 16 years ago but rarely met by most of NATO, including Canada.

Trump upped the ante late Wednesday by saying the benchmark should actually be four per cent.

Behind closed doors, Trump apparently went further Thursday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump talk on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018.© Yves Herman/Reuters NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump talk on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018.

It was enough for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to call a quick emergency session of leaders.

"The commitment was at two per cent. Ultimately that'll be going up much higher," Trump said without providing many specifics.

He said Stoltenberg will provide the figures later.

"We are doing numbers like they have never done before," Trump said.

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The U.S. president had tweeted Wednesday that he wondered about the value of NATO when one of its biggest members — Germany —  was involved in a major pipeline deal with Russia.

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Trudeau has decided that regardless of how Trump thinks NATO nations should be spending their money, that for Canada , defense spending is not going to be an area they increase. In fact, the latest budget proposals for Canada show a decrease in defense spending .

Justin Trudeau held the line Tuesday in the face of calls from Donald Trump for NATO members to increase their defence spending as the prime minister insisted Canada has no plans to double the amount of money spent on its military.

Some U.S. commentators suggested Trump is focusing his attention on the $11-billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal to deflect criticism that he is too cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump, however, is not alone in questioning the deal.

Canada and European allies are worried.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said there are significant Western sanctions against Russia for a reason.

"Canada believes in those sanctions," she said Wednesday.

"Those sanctions will and need to stay in place as long as Russia's illegal actions remain in force. When it comes to Nord Stream, Canada has significant concerns about that project."

On Wednesday, the prime minister held an "informal" chat with Trump, in what a Trudeau aide described as a positive talk focused on trade, the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations, and how the recent election of Mexico's new left-leaning populist president might impact those negotiations.

a screenshot of a cell phone© CBC

Chaos marks summit's end as Trump claims win .
Donald Trump boasted Thursday of singlehandedly winning commitments from his fellow NATO leaders to meet and exceed a defence spending target of two per cent of GDP — even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only of continuing with Canada's existing military plan.

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