Boris plays peace­maker as Trump flies in for sum­mit

Daily Express - - News - By Sam Lis­ter Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

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.

In­flamed

“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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