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A Recap Of The Contentious NATO Summit

A Recap Of The Contentious NATO Summit

Earlier in the day, he wrote on Twitter that every North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country needed to meet the 2 percent target, adding that spending "must ultimately go to 4 percent!"

The US president described himself as a "very stable genius" for securing agreements for extra cash after years of the burden falling on America.

Speaking after a two-day summit in Brussels, he said allies had committed to spending more than 2% of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets.

The president went on to say May's negotiating tactics may have wrecked any chance of striking a trade pact with the United States.

"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially because the United States has been paying a tremendous amount".

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump threw the summit into turmoil by demanding not only that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two percent of GDP "immediately" - instead of by 2024 as previously agreed - but also telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four percent.

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The head of the Polish president's National Security Bureau, Paweł Soloch, said that US President Donald Trump's opinion "is important if the project is to be blocked".

"To see the level of spirit in that room is incredible", Trump said. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron told reporters.

Trump stressed that NATO's budget had been unfair to the United States but now he was sure it would be fair. Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got under way. We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China.

Mr Trump also warned the European Union he will make them pay for years of "taking advantage" of the United States - describing the situation as a "disgrace". It was also reported that Trump asked Macron privately to leave the World Trade Organization. "As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her, '" Sanders said in a statement. "They like me a lot in the U.K".

But more than half of U.S. exports go to just three countries - Mexico, South Korea, and China - and the European Commission says less than one percent of Europe's gas come from America. I think it is a horrific thing that is being done, where you are feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany primarily - and other countries - but primarily from Germany into the coffers of Russian Federation when we are trying to something to have peace in the world. "I think it's fine", he said. "We urge Russian Federation to cease all political, financial and military support to militant groups and stop intervening militarily in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and to withdraw troops, equipment and mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine". The president said Thursday that he views Putin not as a friend or an enemy but as a "competitor" and repeated his desire for better relations with the Kremlin.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump will hold several of his key meetings outside of London, participating in a formal arrival ceremony and attending a dinner with UK Prime Minister Theresa May outside of London, in Oxfordshire. Chief of Staff John Kelly looked stone-faced the whole time, some people even speculated he turned a hearing aid off at one point while his boss went off against their hosts.