US Amb to UK Woody Johnson: Trump's Attitude at NATO 'Put Relations in Perspective'
U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert "Woody" Johnson IV said President Trump put America's international relations and Europe's own security "in perspective" with his tough talk at the NATO summit.
Johnson, a longtime owner of the NFL's New York Jets and a member of the family that founded Johnson & Johnson, said Trump was right to voice concerns at the Belgiun summit.
Trump said Wednesday that Germany is "a captive of Russia" through its purchases of large quantities of Russian oil. At the same time, Trump referenced the fact Germany was not spending 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, a goal established by NATO.
Only the U.S., U.K., Poland, Estonia and Greece contribute at or above the 2 percent threshold.
— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) July 11, 2018
"Buying 30 percent of the natural gas from Russia and then sending Euros back to Russia... [Trump] saw it as something in conflict with what NATO is all about," Johnson said, referencing the group's commitment to defense.
Johnson said Trump appreciates the "special relationship" between the U.K. and U.S. and did not directly address whether the president will bring up the topic of Prime Minister Theresa May's increasingly tenuous position at 10 Downing Street.
Regarding Trump's summit with Putin, Johnson said that "meeting with an adversary is not necessarily a bad idea."
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