mostlycloudy
Sunday July 22nd, 2018 10:16PM

The Latest: Trump tweets about US farmers from NATO meeting

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Europe (all times local):

3 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he's thinking about American farmers even as he meets with NATO allies in Brussels.

Trump says in a two-part tweet Wednesday that he's "in Brussels, but always thinking about our farmers."

Critics have warned that Trump's antagonistic trade moves will harm American farmers who grow crops like soybeans.

But Trump says "Farmers have done poorly for 15 years" and blames "Other countries' trade barriers and tariffs" for "destroying their businesses." He's pledging to open "things up, better than ever before" but says "it can't go too quickly."

Trump says "I am fighting for a level playing field for our farmers, and will win!"

The tweet came as Trump attended a closed-door meeting of the North Atlantic Council. Staffers often send tweets for the president.

2:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is participating in a welcome ceremony with fellow NATO leaders at what's expected to be a fraught meeting of the military alliance.

Trump was spotted chatting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) during public portions of the opening.

But he appeared to steer clear of German Chancellor Angela Merkel hours after claiming her country was controlled by Russia. He also walked far behind the leaders of the U.K. and Canada during a walking tour of NATO headquarters.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (yehnz STOHL'-tehn-burg) is stressing the need for the allies to stick together, saying, "We owe our success to our unity."

___

12 p.m.

President Donald Trump is set to meet Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hours after he publicly claimed that the longtime U.S. ally is "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia."

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will reiterate his public criticism of Merkel during their pull-aside on the margins of the NATO summit in Brussels.

Trump fumed during a Wednesday meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that a Russian natural gas pipeline project in Germany is "very inappropriate" as he criticized European countries' contributions to the mutual-defense alliance.

Sanders says Trump will also meet Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron.

___

11:20 a.m.

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II will welcome President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Windsor Castle where they will watch a military march before having tea on Friday.

The palace said Wednesday the president will be greeted by an honor guard formed of the Coldstream Guards and will receive a royal salute before the U.S. national anthem is played.

Trump and the queen will review the honor guard before watching a military parade. Trump and his wife will then have tea with the queen inside the castle.

The palace did not specify if the queen's husband Prince Philip would attend. The 97-year-old Philip has retired from public duties but sometimes appears in public with the queen.

The visit is part of Trump's first trip to Britain since becoming president.

__

9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is asserting that Germany is "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" over a pipeline project during a testy breakfast with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (yehnz STOHL'-tehn-burg).

Trump is taking issue with the U.S. protecting Germany when the European nation is making energy deals with Russia.

The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would double the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany, skirting transit countries such as Ukraine. The project is opposed by the U.S. and some other EU members.

Trump says of Germany: "We're supposed to protect you against Russia" and yet you make this deal with Russia.

Stoltenberg pushed back, stressing that NATO members have been able to work together despite their differences.

__

9:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump is pressing NATO allies to bolster their defense spending as he opens talks with leaders of the military alliance. Trump says the disproportionate defense spending an "unfair burden on the United States."

Trump says at the start of his meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that "because of me" NATO has raised more than $40 billion in defense spending.

Trump says, "So I think the secretary general likes Trump. He may be the only one but that's OK with me."

The U.S. president has called upon NATO allies to meet commitments to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense.

Stoltenberg says "a strong NATO is good for Europe."

__

8:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (yehnz STOHL'-tehn-burg) at the start of a summit of the military alliance.

Trump is expected to continue questioning wary NATO allies about their military spending during talks in Brussels.

He tweeted en route from Washington that European counties "want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn't work!"

Trump's day will include a welcome ceremony, a meeting of the North Atlantic Council and a working dinner with some of the same leaders he berated over trade during his last world leaders' summit in Canada last month.

Brussels is the first stop of a weeklong European tour that will include stops in the United Kingdom and a meeting in Helsinki with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top General short headlines, AP Business, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Utilities
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russia
President Donald Trump is claiming a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" during a combative breakfast that kicked off what was already expected to be a fraught NATO summit
9:17AM ( 8 minutes ago )
The Latest: Rescued boys smile from beds in hospital video
The Thai hospital where the 12 boys and their soccer coach are recuperating after being rescued from a flooded cave has released video showing them in their hospital beds, chatting with nurses
9:12AM ( 14 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump tweets about US farmers from NATO meeting
President Donald Trump says he's thinking about American farmers even as he meets with NATO allies in Brussels
9:05AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Trump joins in welcome ceremony at NATO summit
President Donald Trump is participating in a welcome ceremony with fellow NATO leaders at what's expected to be a fraught meeting of the military alliance
8:23AM ( 1 hour ago )
Steady drum of Trump's anti-Germany remarks raises questions
Germany's export surplus, migration policies and defense spending have all been on President Donald Trump's Twitter and diplomatic hit list
8:22AM ( 1 hour ago )
Government falls short of deadline to reunite kids, parents
Some immigrant toddlers are back in the arms of their parents, but others remain in detention facilities
8:12AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat
China's government has vowed to take 'firm and forceful measures' against US threats to expand tariff hikes to a new range of goods including fish sticks and French doors
6:48AM ( 2 hours ago )
Courts finds suspect in neo-Nazi trial guilty of 10 killings
A Munich court has found the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty over the killing of 10 people _ most of them migrants _ gunned down between 2000 and 2007 in a case that shocked Germany
6:36AM ( 2 hours ago )
Trump claims Germany 'controlled' by Russia
President Donald Trump is claiming a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" during a combative breakfast that kicked off what was already expected to be a fraught NATO summit
6:16AM ( 3 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
World markets tumble as US, China intensify their trade war
Global stocks are sharply lower after Beijing hit back at U.S. plans for tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese exports
8:08AM ( 1 hour ago )
Slovakia approves purchase of F-16 fighter jets from US
Slovakia's government has approved a Defense Ministry plan to purchase F-16 military jets from the United States
8:06AM ( 1 hour ago )
UK police say they've spoken to surviving nerve-agent victim
British police say they have spoken briefly to the surviving victim of a nerve-agent poisoning in southwest England as they try to uncover how he and his girlfriend were exposed to the deadly toxin
6:54AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
The Latest: Wisconsin police lower number injured in blast
Police in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, are lowering the number of people taken to a hospital following a powerful explosion
11:39PM ( 9 hours ago )
Explosion follows gas main strike in Wisconsin town
Authorities say an explosion rocked the downtown area of a suburb of Madison after a contractor struck a natural gas main, sending an unknown number of people to hospitals
10:22PM ( 11 hours ago )
Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward
The Trump administration is advancing its plan to replace the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts against global warming with a new rule expected to be friendlier to the coal industry
7:08PM ( 14 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
US stocks edge higher as oil prices boost energy companies
US stocks are starting the day higher and are on track for another gain as energy companies rise with oil prices
10:12AM ( 23 hours ago )
Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting the Emirates
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says US wants to show Iran its actions have 'a real high cost'
8:25AM ( 1 day ago )
China's Xi pledges billions in loans, aid to Arab nations
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance to Arab countries in a major push for influence among the region's war-torn and impoverished nations
2:11AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Utilities
Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russia
President Donald Trump is claiming a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" during a combative breakfast that kicked off what was already expected to be a fraught NATO summit
9:17AM ( 8 minutes ago )
The Latest: Rescued boys smile from beds in hospital video
The Thai hospital where the 12 boys and their soccer coach are recuperating after being rescued from a flooded cave has released video showing them in their hospital beds, chatting with nurses
9:12AM ( 14 minutes ago )
China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison
One day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, China has sentenced a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on the vague charge of seeking to subvert state power
9:04AM ( 22 minutes ago )
World's ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title
A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest
8:57AM ( 28 minutes ago )
AP Interview: US rescuer details high-risk Thai cave mission
A leader of a U.S. contingent that was part of the operation to rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped inside a cave says the boys endured dives in zero visibility lasting up to a half-hour, calling it a "once in a lifetime rescue."
8:55AM ( 31 minutes ago )