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Un sommet de l’Otan suspendu à l’humeur de TrumpChristian SPILLMANN,• Le président américain Donald Trump et la première dame Melania Trump sortent de l’Air Force One à leur arrivée à Bruxelles, le 10 juillet 2018. Photo agence Belga Bruxelles (AFP) – Acrimonieux, difficile, imprévisible: le sommet de l’Otan qui s’ouvre mercredi à Bruxelles s’annonce tendu tant il dépendra de l’humeur de Donald Trump, invité par les Européens à „mieux considérer” ses alliés.Tout est prêt: la déclaration finale, les projets, les engagements, ont confié à l’AFP plusieurs responsables de l’Alliance sous couvert de l’anonymat. „La seule inconnue vient des participants”, a souligné l’un d’eux.Le président des Etats-Unis a quitté Washington d’humeur belliqueuse, déclarant, avec le goût de la provocation qui est le sien, que sa rencontre avec le président Russe Vladimir Poutine à Helsinki pourrait être „plus facile” que le sommet de l’Otan.Ce comportement exaspère sur le Vieux continent.Rompant avec le ton policé de ses prédécesseurs, le président du Conseil européen, le Polonais Donald Tusk, l’a interpelé mardi pour lui dire combien ses critiques presque quotidiennes étaient déplaisantes et l’a invité à „mieux considérer” ses alliés „car l’Amérique n’en a pas tant que ça”.Il lui a également rappelé que l’Europe avait été „la première à réagir” après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 sur le sol américain.- „Discussions franches” -Le secrétaire général de l’Otan, le Norvégien Jens Stoltenberg, est embarrassé par cette tension et n’a pas caché son appréhension sur le déroulement du sommet.”Je ne serais pas surpris qu’il y ait des discussions vigoureuses, notamment sur les dépenses de défense”, a-t-il reconnu mardi.Les Alliés se sont engagés en 2014 à consacrer 2% de leur PIB à leur défense en 2024, mais une quinzaine d’Etats membres, dont l’Allemagne, le Canada, l’Italie la Belgique et l’Espagne sont sous la barre de 1,4% en 2018 et seront incapables de respecter leur parole, ce qui ulcère Donald Trump.”Les pays de l’Otan doivent payer PLUS, les Etats-Unis doivent payer MOINS. Très injuste !”, a-t-il tweeté avant son départ pour Bruxelles. „Ce n’est pas juste pour le contribuable américain”.”J’espère que nous pourrons avoir pendant le sommet des discussions franches et honnêtes sur les désaccords et les divergences de vues, mais il est de mon devoir de réduire leur impact sur l’Otan afin que l’Alliance puisse demeurer la pierre angulaire de la sécurité transatlantique”, a tempéré Jens Stoltenberg.- Avant Poutine -Le chef de l’Otan n’a pas voulu commenter l’hypothèse d’une annulation — à la demande de Donald Trump — de l’exercice Trident Juncture prévu à l’automne en Norvège et annoncé comme le plus important jamais réalisé par l’Otan depuis la fin de la Guerre froide. Au motif que cela pourrait être considéré comme une menace par la Russie et que cela va coûter très cher aux contribuables américains.Le président américain a fait annuler pour cette raison des man?uvres militaires avec la Corée du sud après sa rencontre avec le président nord-coréen Kim Jong Un.Mais M. Stoltenberg a confirmé que les Alliés souhaitaient avoir des éclaircissements sur les intentions de Donald Trump avant sa rencontre avec son homologue russe.”Il est absolument essentiel que le président Trump rencontre Vladimir Poutine”, a-t-il répété. „Nous serons en mesure de discuter avec lui pendant le sommet de la relation entre l’Otan et la Russie. Il est important que l’Otan reste unie””, a-t-il insisté.Toutefois, un retrait des Etats-Unis de Trident Juncture ne contraindrait pas nécessairement l’Otan à l’annuler, a expliqué à l’AFP une source militaire.
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BRUSSELS (AP) — With Europe’s wary eyes upon him, President Donald Trump launched a weeklong trip there on Tuesday with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the „easiest” leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As he departed the White House for a four-nation European tour, Trump did little to reassure allies fretting over the risk of damage he could do to the 69-year-old trans-Atlantic mutual defense pact and his potential embrace of Putin during a summit in Helsinki.
Trump said Tuesday he „can’t say right now” if Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a „competitor.” The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to boost Trump’s candidacy, and warns of further attempts at interference both in the 2018 midterms and in European elections.
Trump arrived in Brussels on the eve of the NATO summit after repeated attacks on the pact. He told reporters in Washington before leaving that „Frankly it helps them a lot more than it helps us” and then later tweeted from Air Force One that he may demand reimbursements from the European member nations.
Trump has been pressing NATO countries to fulfill their goal of spending that 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024. During his presidential campaign, he suggested he might only come to the defense of NATO nations that fulfilled their obligation. And a year ago, during his first visit to its Belgium headquarters, Trump initially declined to explicitly support the organization’s defense agreement.
Trump, who landed in Belgium during the middle of the soccer-mad nation’s World Cup semifinals match, will later head to London, where Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union.
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday in a message to Trump that „it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem.” Tusk recalled that the Europeans are spending more than Russia and as much as China on defense. NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.
„Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting — NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, adding: „Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”
On Monday he’d tweeted the situation was „not fair, nor is it acceptable,” and insisted that NATO benefits Europe „far more than it does the U.S.”
He added: „NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. Very Unfair!”
Trump, who has compared the sentiment that underpinned the Brexit vote to leave the EU to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned within hours of each other in protest of her plan. Trump said might meet with Johnson in the UK despite his resignation.
Trump’s visit is expected to attract large protests in London and elsewhere in Britain.
Trump’s weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin.
He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, „Putin may be the easiest of them all.”
„I think that getting along with Russia, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing,” he added.
The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary.
Colvin reported from Washington. AP writer Zeke Miller contributed from Washington.
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RIGA, Latvia – The stage is being set for another confrontation between world leaders and Donald Trump, with Canada and other NATO allies preparing to counter the U.S. president’s persistent complaint that they aren’t carrying their fair share of the burden of being part of the 69-year-old military alliance. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has even prepared an opening act on the eve of the NATO summit in Brussels that gets underway Wednesday: a full day of events in Latvia designed to shine a spotlight on Canada’s latest military commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Trudeau is scheduled to visit the military base in Adazi, where 450 Canadian military personnel are stationed as
Trudeau made the announcement in Riga following a meeting with Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and indicated that he hopes the increased Canadian commitment to Latvia gets the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Canada is part of a NATO battle group in Latvia, which was established as the alliance’s response to Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its invasion of eastern Ukraine.
„We certainly hope that the message is passed clearly to President Putin that his actions in destabilizing and disregarding the international rules-based order that has been successfully underpinned by NATO amongst others over the past 75 years or so is extremely important,” said Trudeau.
„We certainly hope that Russia will choose to become a more positive actor in world affairs than it has chosen to be in the past.”
The Canadian-led group is one of four in the region, and includes troops from seven NATO allies. Germany leads a similar force in Lithuania, Britain leads one in Estonia and the U.S. leads in Poland.
Before leaving Canada on Monday, Trudeau spoke to NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg by telephone to stress the „importance of the alliance’s unity and solidarity on defence and security issues.”
Trudeau’s announcement comes a day ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels, where the stage is set for another confrontation between world leaders and Donald Trump, as Canada and other NATO allies prepare to counter the U.S. president’s complaint that they aren’t carrying their fair share of the burden of being part of the military alliance.
Trudeau also met in Riga Tuesday with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.
He also laid flowers at the monument of freedom and took part in a number of activities at a military base in Adazi. Trudeau also attended a candlelight vigil at a Latvian memorial to fallen soldiers, a vehicle display by multinational troops and spoke to Canadian military personnel.
Trudeau’s visit to Latvia comes as the stage is set for another confrontation between world leaders and Donald Trump, with Canada and other NATO allies preparing to counter the U.S. president’s persistent complaint that they aren’t carrying their fair share of the burden of being part of the 69-year-old military alliance.
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Trump’s ongoing efforts to portray Canada and other member states as pinching pennies when it comes to the military spending target of two per cent of GDP – a benchmark agreed to by allies at the 2014 summit in Wales.
Trump has threatened to pull out of the alliance entirely if other member nations don’t pony up.
The president acknowledged Monday on Twitter that other member states have increased their defence spending, but repeated his complaint that the U.S. contributes far more than other countries, which he said „is not fair nor is it acceptable.”
If the U.S. were to leave NATO, it would have a „huge and highly negative” affect on Canada, said David Perry, a senior defence analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.
„If you take his rhetoric at full value … it would actually start to undermine the solidarity alliance, it would be hugely consequential for Canada because NATO has been so important to it.”
Having a forum in which Canada can engage in discussions about key security issues with the U.S. as part of a larger alliance of nations also offers Canada some counterweight that doesn’t exist in North America alone, where the United States is the „800-pound gorilla,” Perry added.
But given that Trump has followed through on other threats – including tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and the European Union, as well as a full-blown trade war with China – Perry said allies ought to be concerned about the possibility that Trump isn’t bluffing.
„He does seem to have a habit of doing what he says he’s going to do.”
Concerns about U.S. disengagement have also deepened given that Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin just days after the summit.
Some see the controversial meeting as an undermining of the alliance itself, considering some of NATO’s active military missions – including the one in Latvia – were undertaken in direct response to Russia’s escalating aggression in the Baltic region.
„The Trump-Putin summit could potentially aggravate U.S. allies who want to isolate Putin,” said Jayson Derow, a research analyst at the NATO Association of Canada.
„However, while U.S. President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has surely shaken the confidence of U.S. allies and NATO members across the Atlantic, the alliance is still standing and the Trump administration has taken tangible steps to bolster the alliance and European security, while countering Moscow with the sales of military hardware and its own deployments in eastern Europe.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a joint media availability with the Prime Minister of Latvia Maris Kucinskis at The Cabinet of Ministers in Riga, Latvia on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs Tuesday on a list of 6,031 Chinese product lines.
The office will accept public comments and hold hearings on the plan Aug. 20-23 before reaching a decision after Aug. 31, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
Last Friday, the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese products, and Beijing responded by hitting the same amount of U.S. imports.
The administration said the new levies are a response to China’s decision to retaliate against the first round of U.S. tariffs.
President Donald Trump has threatened to tax as much as $550 billion in Chinese products — an amount that exceeds America’s total imports from China last year.
The United States complains that China uses predatory practices in a push to challenge American technological dominance. Chinese tactics, the administration says, include outright cybertheft and forcing U.S. companies to hand over technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market.
The initial U.S. tariff list focused on Chinese industrial products in an attempt to limit the impact on American consumers. By expanding the list, the administration is beginning to hit products that U.S. households buy, including such things as electric lamps and fish sticks.
„Tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese products amounts to another multibillion-dollar tax on American businesses and families,” said Scott Lincicome, a trade lawyer and senior policy analyst for the group Republicans Fighting Tariffs. „Given China’s likelihood of retaliation, it’s also billions worth of new tariffs on American exporters.”
Members of Congress are increasingly questioning Trump’s aggressive trade policies, warning that tariffs on imports raise prices for consumers and expose U.S. farmers and manufacturers to retaliation abroad.
„Tonight’s announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach,” Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said in a statement. „We cannot turn a blind eye to China’s mercantilist trade practices, but this action falls short of a strategy that will give the administration negotiating leverage with China while maintaining the long-term health and prosperity of the American economy.”