North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump hails alliance spending promises after crisis meeting

NATO Alliance Summit in Brussels

"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. Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really fantastic ... " Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed there had been a "frank and open" discussion, but Mr Macron denied reports the president had threatened to pull out of the 69-year-old Western alliance if he did not get his way.

Most had written off the day as much duller than the previous - when the US President had lambasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a captive of Russian Federation. But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money.

Macron also said that Trump "never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO". We have realized this since the attack on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

The president also described Putin as his "competitor".

He added: "If they do that, then their trade deal with the U.S. will probably not be made".

Brussels may dismiss this as typical Trumpian bluster, but my sense is that Trump is not bluffing. "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.


"She wanted to go a different route".

Trump has touted the summit as an opportunity to reduce tensions, inflamed by Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which turned the tide of the Syrian civil war in 2015, and accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.

He demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend four percent of their gross domestic product on defence, a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

Why - almost three decades after the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the crackup of the Soviet Union and the overthrow of the Communist dictatorship in Moscow - are we still defending European nations that collectively have 10 times the GDP of Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation?

Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the two per cent guideline within a decade.

President Trump criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May's handing of Brexit Thursday, telling The Sun newspaper that her plan was "very unfortunate" and would "probably" kill any possible trade deal between the us and the United Kingdom.

"(The) 2 per cent (figure) was a range, a goal, now it's a commitment, it was like this amorphous number out there and now it's a real commitment", he said. And are we really paying too much? That turning point has always been initiated.

Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days.

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