NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised President Trump’s “leadership” Wednesday, saying member nations are beginning to pay more into their common defense funds following the Commander-in-Chief’s tough talk.
The President was speaking with NATO nations Wednesday in Brussels to discuss common defense, terrorism, Russia, and the budget; calling on all countries to pay more to ease the burden on American taxpayers.
“We all agree that we have to do more. I agree with you that we have to do make sure that our allies are investing more. The good news is that allies have started to invest more in defense,” said Stoltenberg.
“It’s also because of your leadership, because of your carried message,” he added.
AMERICA FIRST: Trump SLAMS EU, Canada, Mexico with STEEL Tariffs
President Trump announced Thursday his plans to levy hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum on key US allies, including the European Union, Canada, and Mexico; making good on a signature campaign promise to help shield American-made products from foreign goods.
Despite the initial plan to exempt North American nations from the tariffs, the administration unveiled the new guidelines after failing to win specific trade deals with both Canada and Mexico.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the new taxes will be a 25% surcharge on steel and 10% on aluminum; adding the tariffs could be removed in future talks while renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.
“The European Union has already notified the World Trade Organization of plans to levy duties on $7.1 billion worth of U.S. exports in response, with the aim of collecting $1.6 billion in tariff revenue,” writes Politico.
“We continue to be quite willing and indeed eager to have further discussions,” Ross added.
BREXIT CHAOS: British PM Warns Parliament to Prepare for ‘NO DEAL’ with EU
The British government was thrown into total chaos Monday morning following the abrupt resignation of two top-level officials to the Prime Minister, with Theresa May warning Parliament to prepare for a “no deal” Brexit from the European Union.
May’s warning came just hours after her top negotiator in Brexit talks abruptly stepped-down, prompting Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to quit the Cabinet moments later.
“May’s critics seized on the dual departures to chastise May’s handling of Brexit, and to suggest that her government is ill-suited to facilitate the complex disentanglement of two of the world’s major economies,” writes CNBC.
The Prime Minister spoke with Members of Parliament following the resignations, saying they should prepare for “multiple outcomes” in future talks with the EU, including a “no deal” Brexit.
The “no deal” option means the UK and EU may fail to reach a formal agreement when Britain is automatically removed from the union this March; prompting market chaos and severe uncertainty over immigration, trade, travel, and finances.
Read the full report at CNBC.