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Trump arrives at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters for talks

13 July 2018

Prior to the June NATO meeting and this week's annual ministerial, Pentagon sources told The Washington Times that Mr. Mattis meant to present the US plan to expand the size and scope of the Iraqi military training operation - putting it on par with the ongoing mission in Afghanistan.

But while Canada's role in the Latvian mission is positive, it is a relatively small one compared to ongoing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo - two operations that are highlighted in annual reports from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary general Jans Stoltenberg, said David Perry, a senior defence analyst with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

"Our first - and really our only consideration - was what served the Canadian national interest, what served Canadians, what was appropriate to do for Canada given our role in the world and the very great interest we, as Canadians, have in a functioning, rules-based worldwide order", Freeland said.

This marks a continuation of the continuing feud that commenced at the G-7 summit where Trump and Trudeau engaged in a war of words discussing the tariffs being implemented.

Trump took Twitter swipes at Canada following the G7 summit - mostly over Canadian dairy policy - but reserved his most persistent and personal attacks for Trudeau himself, calling him "dishonest" and "weak" for telling the closing G7 news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" on trade.

Canada will send up to 250 personnel and four Griffin helicopters and make up the bulk of the force for the NATO Western military alliance, beginning this fall.

He said this to journalists after a meeting of the participating countries. With all, Trump believes the getting "ripped off" in an unfair marketplace. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'" Canada will now continue to lead the battle group until 2023.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg applauded Canada and European allies Tuesday for having reversed years of cuts by investing more in defence and contributing more troops and equipment to collective security - even as he pushed back against suggestions the alliance was in trouble. We do have disagreements.

France, meanwhile, is expected to pledge this week that it will meet the two per cent spending target within the next seven years, while Germany says it will reach 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2024.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

According to the CBC, Canada will spend 1.23 percent of its GDP on defense in 2018, down from 1.36 percent past year.

Trump arrives at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters for talks