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Anti-Trump NATO Editorial in WashPost Slammed by Ari Fleischer

Anti-Trump NATO Editorial in WashPost Slammed by Ari Fleischer

"We stand behind the Prime Minister's commitment to running", said owner Nigel Fick.

"This is something that we believe in deeply", Trudeau said of the new Iraq mission. Canada will also contribute up to four Griffon helicopters, the release said.

Also on Trudeau's agenda today: A mid-afternoon one-on-one with Swedish prime minister Stefan Lofven, but, according to his office, no similar get-together with Trump, although before leaving Latvia, he assured reporters before that he "looks forwards to having words" with the president.

The training mission, in the works for at least two years, will be commanded by a Canadian major-general, and Canadian troops will provide the bulk of the headquarters staff.

The intervening years saw Canada deploy fighter jets, surveillance planes and air-to-air refuellers, a transport aircraft, a medical hospital and hundreds more special forces to help the coalition and Kurdish and Iraqi military forces push ISIL back and eventually defeat it on the battlefield.

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.

But critics have noted that even with the increase, Canadian defence spending will top out at 1.4 per cent of GDP, and it's unclear to what degree extending an existing mission will satisfy Trump's demands for Canada and others to put up more cash.

American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military officials gave the green light to transform current USA -led coalition mission in Iraq into a more-multinational campaign amid the promise of new commitments from partner nations to increase the alliance's contribution to a post-Islamic State Iraq.

"Once all national procedures have been completed to finalize the name agreement, the country will join NATO as our 30th member", NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

"My message is that we are actually now stepping up", Stoltenberg said. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?'" Canada leads the mission, known as Operation Reassurance, which includes troops from Albania, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Canada isn't meeting an informal alliance target for member states to devote at least 2 percent of their economic output to defense spending.