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Nato states to up defence spending

Nato states to up defence spending

It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment", President Trump told reporters, going on to repeat the claim that he had secured new commitments 10 more times during a press conference in Brussels.

"Tremendous progress has been made, everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment they're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before".

Another NATO diplomat said Trump trampled on protocol by pointing at some leaders he said were not spending enough and addressing Merkel by her first name, referring to her as "you, Angela".

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, second right, shakes hands with US President Donald Trump as Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, second left, Charles Michel, Belgium's prime minister, second left, watch. "We are paying for far too much of NATO", Trump said. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more. That is, 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of member countries would be allocated for defensive purposes.

But he said that since previous year around an additional 33 billion dollars, not including the United States, had been raised and it was now "unnecessary" to withdraw from the organisation.

The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of growing unease about the threat from Russian Federation and deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy. Meanwhile, the U.S. spends roughly 3.6% of its GDP on defense, as its military budget in 2017 was approximately $618 billion.

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The U.S. president said if other countries don't meet NATO's 2 percent of GDP spending target for defense, the U.S. would go it alone, DPA reported, citing unnamed sources. The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024. I've been nice to him. It's one of those things. But such a change would be subject to parliamentary approval, and another diplomat said no absolute commitment had been given.

Officials said that non-members of the alliance had been asked to leave the room early Thursday and that everyone in the room had been told to leave their phones outside. On Wednesday, he showed up at a breakfast meeting with Stoltenberg steaming mad, charmed allies at a black-tie dinner that evening, and sent them reeling Thursday morning, only to praise their efforts hours later. But he did not extract any new commitments.

She said that the meeting was a continuation of what has been discussed for months. But I said, ultimately we should be - in years in advance, we should be at 4 percent.

"Everybody committed to raise spending, as it was agreed in 2014".

"That is something we certainly agree with", Trudeau told a news conference.

But he said he questioned whether Trump's push for even higher spending goals made sense. "Because I said it was unfair".

"That's all." In the end, leaders left with an awkward consensus, after hours in which Trump had been so aggressive in his approach with allies that reports made the rounds that he might pull the USA out. The president replied, "I think I probably can, but that's unnecessary". Three of those are on NATO's eastern front. The president came to Brussels with a clear goal in mind: to get fellow alliance members to spend more.