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NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

Some diplomats fear the president will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defence, despite United States denials. "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Hutchison told "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

She said she expected unanimous agreement among NATO's 29 members on proposals to reform the alliance command structure, increase readiness for possible threats from Russian Federation on NATO's eastern flank, add a new training mission for Iraq and increase counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

A third of active-duty USA military troops overseas - more than 60,000 - are stationed in Europe, including 35,000 in Germany, 12,000 in Italy, 8,500 in the United Kingdom and 3,300 in Spain, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of information from the Defense Manpower Data Center, a statistical arm of the Defense Department.

"One and a half per cent is not 2 percent", he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security has pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

The US president has previously described North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as obsolete and complained about other countries' contributions to the alliance. "Change is Coming!" Trump said on Twitter in June in posts that specifically called out Germany.

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A country's defense contribution shouldn't be measured only as a percentage of GDP, but also in terms of troops and hardware, she said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Berlin.

"NATO really is making progress, and they are doing it really at President Trump's insistence", Ms. Hutchison said on "Fox News Sunday". "Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally.

The protest on Saturday preceded the anti-NATO conference on Sunday, which will see dozens of activists and organizations from all over the word coming to Brussels, Iraklis Tsavdaridis, executive secretary of the World Peace Council (WPC), a self-described "anti-imperialist" global organization promoting diversity and universal disarmament, told RT.

The ties between the US and many of its longest-standing allies have frayed since Trump took office and put his "America first" agenda into practice. The activists, representing an array of organizations that united under the motto 'Make peace great again, ' chanted and carried banners reading "Stop NATO - stop war", "Trump not welcome" and "NATO GAME OVER" as they peacefully paraded in the streets.

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