7/12/18 – Pres. Trump forecasts ‘escalation’ between US and Iran

President Donald Trump delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP) – President Donald Trump arrived at NATO headquarters in Brussels where he is attending a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.

President Trump is demanding that NATO member nations dramatically increase their spending on defense. He said it has been frustrating because “Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia.”
During the trip, President Trump also has questioned the necessity of the alliance and said, “What good is NATO, if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?”

President Donald Trump is forecasting an unspecified “escalation” between the U.S. and Iran.

Pres. Trump also says Iran is treating the U.S. with more respect, though there is no evidence to support Trump’s claim.

Pres. Trump withdrew the U.S from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, reinstating economic sanctions that had been lifted under a deal among Iran, the U.S. and other world powers in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Pres. Trump was asked about Iran at a news conference in Brussels, where he wrapped up his participation in a NATO summit.

He says Iran is feeling a lot of pain as a result and that at some point Iran will “call me and they’re going to say let’s make a deal, and we’ll make a deal.”

French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that NATO allies have agreed to boost defense spending beyond 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product.