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 Post subject: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:40 pm 
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In answer to President Trumps accusations that the EU was not playing it's part in support of NATO (the agreed sum is 2% of GDP) Trump replied that he was quite pleased with the extra $38b they have since seen fit to donate towards the safety of Europe.

Prior to this The US was almost carrying 80% of the cost and declared by Trump to be unfair.

However, one wonders why he is so keen to strengthen the military powers of Europe when he is accused of many unreported meetings with Putin and with seldom a word of disgust about Mr Putins many, murderous misdeeds?

The man is an enigma.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:48 pm 
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The EU and NATO are not one and the same, but I agree with his sentiments. Many European countries now struggle to meet the agreed 2% of GDP, especially in the current economic climate. Given an influx of migrants, coupled with a (up until relatively recently) quiet Eastern front, many countries have reigned back on military spending. Can’t blame them really, though if the price of membership is not met, then why should others put up for them?

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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:54 am 
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If there is a universal agreement to spend 2% of GPD on the military then that figure should be met. Trump is right, too many countries rely on the States to protect them in times of need. They should be standing up to the plate and able to protect themselves with added support from countries like America when needed.

As for Trumps dealings with Putin, firstly they should be commended as no other American president would dare hold face to face talks with a Russian leader (or Korean for that matter) at such short notice but most importantly they have nothing to do with European countries paying their share. Two completely separate issues.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:12 pm 
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Wil Theresa carry on now? Now that her master plan for leaving the EU has been rubbished by The President of the USA, as well as everybody else?
It looks to me now like a no deal Brexit, unless someone has a better idea , and the time, to promote it.
Have to say That I thought it a fair compromise when I first saw it but I have gone off it Call it a swerve.
This afternoon's press conference should be interesting!


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:19 pm 
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Oh look, another divvy who's suddenly started believing what The Sun chooses to print :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:22 pm 
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fastcars wrote:
Oh look, another divvy who's suddenly started believing what The Sun chooses to print :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:


Don't read the Sun but...it got a superb interview with the Trump, did it not?

It really shook the tectonic plates.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:28 pm 
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The Sun is interested in only two things. Sensationalising current events and selling newspapers. Why don't you wait and see what really happens in future negotiations between Britain and the US instead of believing what the Sun predicts will happen.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:35 pm 
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fastcars wrote:
The Sun is interested in only two things. Sensationalising current events and selling newspapers. Why don't you wait and see what really happens in future negotiations between Britain and the US instead of believing what the Sun predicts will happen.


Tut!!! It was not a prediction, it was an interview.....or a scoop, as it is known in the trade.


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:45 am 
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And now that the meeting with May has concluded the reality of the situation is a far way removed from The Suns "Explosive World Exclusive".

Well we didn't see that one coming did we :rolleyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Trump, Putin and the EU.
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:53 am 
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Hurricane Trump has moved away from the South of England, heading for the West coast of Scotland.

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