Boris plays peacemaker as Trump flies in for summit
BORIS Johnson will be acting as peacemaker at a Nato meeting in London today, after furious clashes between leaders.
Tempers flared last week, with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling France’s Emmanuel Macron “brain dead”, while Mr Macron took a swipe at Donald Trump’s complaints about many nations’ defence spending.
Meanwhile protesters are planning to demonstrate at Buckingham Palace over the US president’s third visit to London.
Downing Street said the Prime Minister will tell leaders they must unite. A No 10 spokesman said: “The PM’s view is that Nato is the most enduring and successful alliance in military history and that it continues to adapt to the military threats that we face.
“The PM will emphasis that all members must be united behind shared priorities so Nato can adapt to the challenges ahead.”
Turkey’s incursion into Kurdish northern Syria in October after US troops pulled out have inflamed tensions in Nato.
Mr Macron said the alliance was suffering “brain death” over its failure to reach agreement on key issues, including the Turkish attack.
But Mr Erdogan accused him of having a “sick and shallow” understanding of the alliance.
“I’m addressing Mr Macron from Turkey, and I will say it at Nato: you should check whether you are brain dead first,” he said.
Mr Johnson will host the presidents with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Downing Street before all 29 leaders attend a reception at Buckingham Palace. Mr Trump and First Lady Melania yesterday sheltered under umbrellas as they boarded Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
They landed late last night and are staying at the US ambassador’s mansion in Regents Park. For the
past seven years, the UK has been the second highest spender, spending $60.4billion on defence in 2018.
But the US has spent more than twice as much as the rest of Nato combined. Only Greece, Poland, Latvia and Estonia also meet the target two per cent of GDP. Mr appeared in 2012 and 2013 at CAMPACC embassy protests.
Ms Abbott in 2009 attended a CAMPACC event on torture in the Commons, alongside current Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti
Mr McDonnell also addressed CAMPACC in 2005 and signed a joint letter organised by CAMPACC opposing the 2008 Counter Terrorism Act, alongside Mr Corbyn and Moazzam Begg, who founded the
Trump has criticised states’ low spending levels and claimed the US has been “treated very unfairly”.
But Mr Macron said it was regrettable summits had become focused “only on how to alleviate the financial cost for the United States” instead of its strategic purpose. organisation CAGE. This act specifically provided for longer terrorism sentences and a greater ability to monitor those convicted of terrorism related offences.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said last night: “Yet again, Corbyn’s Labour have been exposed as people who stand with our enemies. It’s shocking that anyone who wants to be Prime Minister would want to scrap laws that have saved lives.”
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