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"US Not Treated Fairly But I believe In NATO", Says Trump

12 July 2018

The US president added that "all NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024.

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to.

But it adds that they will also "submit credible national plans on its implementation" in language that will perhaps please the USA president. "Everyone in the room thanked me". "It has been really unbelievable to see the level of spirit in that room". Very unified, very strong.

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(From L to R, first row) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. "We are doing numbers like they've never done before or ever seen before".

It was not immediately clear what specific new commitments had been made.

Says Stoltenberg: "We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defence spending to 2 percent". They talk about how they are going to increase it [Nato spending] a tiny bit by 2030.

Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an "exchange of views" with Trump. Currently, Merkel is struggling to hold together a weak coalition government. A morning of meetings to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Georgia and Ukraine was scrambled to address Trump's spending concerns.

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In recent months Trump has repeatedly launched invective at America´s partners in the Atlantic alliance, a cornerstone of European security since World War II, accusing them of freeloading on the United States for defense.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump as saying "I'll do my own thing" if spending is not immediately increased. They got rid of their coal plants.

In fact, the 29 members each pay a portion of NATO's annual US$3-billion operating budget based on the size of their economies.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in 2014 committed to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defence by 2024, but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has estimated that only 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.

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Mr Trump said the agreement to bump spending would be worth more than $US33 billion. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate". It will be Trump's first working visit to the United Kingdom since he became President, and massive protests in London are expected.