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Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending

12 July 2018

He continued: "Nato is much stronger than it was two days ago".

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.

When asked about that, Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary".

In response to a question about the atmosphere during the working session and whether European leaders feel blackmailed by the US, Radev said the atmosphere in the hall was not "one of the most pleasant".

In 2014, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members had pledged to commit two percent of their Gross Domestic Product for defence, with Trump repeatedly having deplored their failure to do so. However, Macron, in his own press conference, said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

The U.S. spends about 3.5 percent of GDP on defense, far higher than other member states.

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But as the source said, each time Trump was hearing messages he didn't like, he ostensibly spoke to his delegation, ignoring the speaker and even turning his back on him.

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defence organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.

Asked what would be the best possible result from his meeting with Putin, Trump said: "What would be the ultimate?"

"We had a very intense summit", Merkel herself told reporters after the meeting.

Canada has "significant concerns" with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which would bring gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the USA leader said his hectoring had paid off.

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Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments. "He may deny", Mr. Trump added.

"And frankly, maybe everybody is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation, so there will be a lot less problem with the pipeline", Trump said.

Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour. I look forward to the meeting. "Germany should be committing two percent to defense like they agreed to", Ryan told reporters. Earlier this year, Stoltenberg said the country's "dangerous behavior" included "the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, the destabilization of eastern Ukraine, meddling in democratic processes, cyberattacks, and disinformation".

Mr. Trump blamed his predecessor Barack Obama "who allowed it to happen".

It was unclear anything concrete changed, although NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg spoke of a "new sense of urgency".

Trump said the "level of spirit" in the summit room was "incredible", which doesn't exactly correspond with other reports.

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Still, Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending