Nato leaders try to focus on Afghanistan and Ukraine following Trump row

Nato leaders try to focus on Afghanistan and Ukraine following Trump rowNato leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond the demands of Donald Trump, the US president, for higher defence spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions. On a trip that will also take Trump to Britain and to Helsinki to meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the president spent the first day of the Nato summit lambasting allies for failing to spend the targeted 2 percent of GDP on defence and accused Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy. Trump, in a late-night post on Twitter, wrote: “Billions of additional dollars are being spent by Nato countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it isn’t nearly enough. US spends too much.” It followed an uncomfortable first round at the summit where anxious Western allies were subjected to the U.S. president’s “America first” approach. His comment that Germany was controlled by Russia earned a rebuke from Berlin. Nato defence expenditure and major annual exercises involving US troops On day two, leaders will welcome non-Nato partners including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko to the alliance’s new glass-and-steel headquarters as they seek to focus on policy rather than politics. British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to set the tone on Wednesday by announcing more troops for Nato’s Afghan training mission. “We will be deploying an additional 440 personnel to Nato’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and I think that shows when Nato calls, the UK is one of the first to step up,” May told reporters. North Atlantic Treaty Organization chief Jens Stoltenberg wants leaders to agree to fund Afghan security forces until 2024, despite public fatigue in Western countries about their involvement in the conflict. NATO | Member countries Funding has averaged at about $1 billion annually and Stoltenberg has said he expected that level to be met. Leaders will be keen to hear more about Trump’s military approach to Afghanistan, which he revamped last August to include a surge in air strikes to force Taliban militants to the negotiating table. U.S. officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war. Trump was opposed to remaining in America’s longest war, but his advisers convinced him to give it more time. He authorized the deployment of an additional 3,000 troops, bringing the total to around 15,000.


Source: Yahoo! News

One of Tesla's largest shareholders is urging Elon Musk to simmer down and focus after a tumultuous few weeks

  1. One of Tesla’s largest shareholders is urging Elon Musk to simmer down and focus after a tumultuous few weeks  Business Insider
  2. Tesla whistleblower retains law firm famous for winning $22.5 million Monsanto suit  CNBC
  3. Tesla Whistleblower Ups Ante, Making a Formal Complaint With the SEC  Fortune
  4. Full coverage


Source: Google News

Trump narrows list for Supreme Court pick with focus on Kavanaugh and Kethledge

  1. Trump narrows list for Supreme Court pick with focus on Kavanaugh and Kethledge  Washington Post
  2. President Trump narrows Supreme Court search, focuses on three judges  USA TODAY
  3. Abortion in the US: Five key facts  NBCNews.com
  4. The three things evangelicals really want in a Supreme Court justice  Fox News
  5. Full coverage


Source: Google News

Democrats make abortion focus of Supreme Court fight

  1. Democrats make abortion focus of Supreme Court fight  Yahoo News
  2. Anthony Kennedy’s America  The Hill
  3. White House builds Supreme Court confirmation team  CNN
  4. The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump’s Supreme Court nominee  Washington Post
  5. What Does the Future of Abortion Rights Look Like?  The Atlantic
  6. Full coverage


Source: Google News

In 50 states, hundreds of thousands protest immigration policy, with focus on midterms

Tens of thousands of people descended on cities from coast-to-coast Saturday in “Families Belong Together” rallies to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that left more than 2,000 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

     

 

 


Source: USA Today

In 50 states, thousands protest immigration policy, with focus on midterm elections

Tens of thousands of people descended on cities from coast-to-coast Saturday in “Families Belong Together” rallies to protest the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that left more than 2,000 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

     

 

 


Source: USA Today