During the dinner, Trump went off-script to criticize allies again for not spending enough on defense. (The United States is one of only five members that meets NATO members’ pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense.)Several sources briefed extensively on the dinner say he said 2 percent wasn’t enough and allies should spend 3 percent of GDP on defense, and he even threatened to cut back U.S. defense spending and have Europeans dole out “back pay” to make up for their low defense spending if they didn’t pony up quickly enough. Two sources say Trump didn’t mention Russia once during the dinner.“Oh, it was like a total s‑‑‑show,” said one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to discuss the closed-door dinner.“The dinner was far worse than the speech,” said a former senior U.S. government official briefed on dinner. “It was a train wreck. It was awful.”
MSNBC reporting White House sources says Trump "may not have known" the US has troops based in Qatar.— Simon Marks (@SimonMarksFSN) June 8, 2017
Tillerson, in a televised statement, once again urged the countries involve to resolve their differences. He called on “Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar” and urged Doha to be “responsive to the concerns of its neighbors.” He said Qatar’s emir had made progress on the issues raised by his neighbors, “but he must do more and must do it more quickly.” He also urged other countries in the region to drop their support of terrorist groups — but did not name any of them.Less than an hour later, Trump addressed the issue during a joint news conference with the Romanian president.“The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” he said, adding Arab leaders had spoken to him during his visit “about confronting Qatar over its behavior.” Those remarks would suggest the U.S. was aware of the impending action by the Arab states against a country that is home to the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East. Qatar’s emir was among the Arab leaders who met with Trump in Riyadh. …And once again, in attempting to explain U.S. policy, the U.S. president had made it even less clear.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Ottawa will forge its own path on the world stage because Canada can no longer rely on Washington for global leadership.In a major speech setting the stage for Wednesday’s release of a new multibillion-dollar blueprint for the Canadian Armed Forces, Ms. Freeland rejected Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and its dismissal of free trade, global warming and the value of Western alliances in countering Russian adventurism and the Islamic State.While she did not mention the U.S. president by name, Ms. Freeland expressed deep concern about the desire of many American voters to “shrug off the burden of world leadership.”“The fact that our friend and ally has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership puts in sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course,” she told the House of Commons on Tuesday. “To say this is not controversial: It is a fact.”
China rolled out the red carpet for California Gov. Jerry Brown, a critic of Mr. Trump’s decision who arrived in China last weekend to take part in an international clean-energy forum and meet provincial officials. It was Mr. Brown that President Xi Jinping later welcomed to Beijing’s Great Hall of the People; U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, also in town for the forum, was received by a vice premier.Chinese officials expressed dismay with Mr. Trump’s decision. “I am so deeply disappointed,” said Xie Zhenhua, China’s special envoy for climate change, during a gathering with Mr. Brown. …Mr. Perry’s arrival in China early in the week was preceded by the surprise announcement on Monday by the top U.S. diplomat in China, David Rank, that he was quitting to protest against Mr. Trump’s climate position. Mr. Rank, who was chargé d’affairs, had been expected to accompany Mr. Perry in meetings with Chinese officials.