Trump claims win after threatening to quit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation during tumultuous summit

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All was serene, however, during a lavish evening welcome ceremony at Blenheim Palace.

As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago".

Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

The mercurial tycoon said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday "may be the easiest" part of his European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.

"What am I going to do?"

The mood was far less jovial in Belgium earlier in the day. But there was little evidence other leaders had bowed to his wishes on that front.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a US campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the USA energy sector instead.

U.S. President Donald Trump closed out his chaotic two-day visit to NATO Thursday by declaring victory, claiming that member nations caved to his demands to significantly increase defence spending and reaffirming his commitment to the alliance. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this is not a formal proposal and that Trump had merely "suggested" this increase.


"There is a communique that was published yesterday; it's very detailed", Macron said. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russian Federation has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russian Federation probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE has repeatedly attacked Mueller's probe, calling it a "witch hunt" that is biased against him.

"Sometimes if I didn't know better, I might say that we are purposefully trying to destabilize the Western alliance and turn the world upside down", he said. They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before... They're happy to do it. "And the United States is being treated much more fairly".

So, to what new funding commitment is the president referring? On Thursday, Trump said he wasn't troubled by the planned protests.

After an opening day of summit talks marked by clashes between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO leaders had hoped to focus on policy on Ukraine and Afghanistan.

"NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is sidestepping questions about whether President Donald Trump has asked his allies to double their defence spending ambitions".

Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally.

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security.

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