A dramatic NATO summit in Brussels in 2018 was far more dramatic than it was described in the media. It writes the USA's former national security adviser John Bolton in a pre-release version of his new book 'The Room Where It Happened'.
According to Bolton would Trump threatening to pull the UNITED states out of Nato.
It all began with a phone conversation between Trump and the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, Friday 29. June 2018 - a few weeks before the summit.
In the telephone conversation harcelerede Trump over its european allies. The UNITED states has paid too big a part of the bill in Nato, the president said, which made it completely clear that this had to stop.
When the europeans ' donations were so small, warned Trump that the UNITED states would reduce its NATO contribution to the same level as Germany's.
- so Far the UNITED states has been ruled by idiots but no longer, said Trump, according to Bolton.
the prime minister rang Bolton up shortly after the conversation with Trump.
the prime minister looked to have a hard time accepting how bad the situation was, but after 30 minutes with almost consistent verbal attacks from Trump and my explanations, so he understood what the point was, writes Bolton.
In the following days must Trump have asked Bolton about why the americans are not just pulled out of Nato.
Then came the summit. Who met Trump and Bolton with the prime minister for lunch on Wednesday, 11. July - some hours before the summit itself. Trump chose at this meeting to let the prime minister stand in front in front of the rolling cameras by attacking the rich european countries to spend too little on defense.
Trump had started the day with to tell Bolton that he would threaten to pull the UNITED states out of Nato, if the allies were not going to pay two percent of their gdp on defense.
– I want to say that we pull us out, because we are strongly dissatisfied, said Trump. His vice president, Mike Pence, and Bolton argued against as they could, writing Bolton according to the NTB.
On the summit andendag asked Trump Bolton, on whether they should do it.
Bolton advised him again to let be.
– Go to the border, but cross it not, said Bolton.
Trump ended up, according to Bolton to say, to support the Nato one hundred percent, a thousand million percent', but the 'allies had to pay the two percent within the 1. January, otherwise the UNITED states would follow its own course'.
Trump kissed within the summit end of the year chancellor Angela Merkel on both cheeks with the words 'I love Angela.
- Since the broke hall out in applause, writes Bolton.