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Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

13 July 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump hammered North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on defence spending at the alliance's summit in Brussels this week.

Amid reports that he had threatened to pull out of the alliance due to the dispute, Mr Trump said the USA had a strong commitment.

There is no penalty for not reaching the 2% goal; it's simply a guideline, and most member states have increased defense spending even if they haven't reached that goal quite yet.

"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. But I said, ultimately we should be - in years in advance, we should be at 4 percent.

Representative John Curtis wanted to get his thoughts in print prior to President Donald Trump's trip to Europe, so he published an editorial in the Deseret News.

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He added that Trump makes a fair point in warning that Germany relies too heavily on Russian Federation for energy, recalling that Putin has used his control of gas supplies as a weapon against Ukraine.

Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong - in part because of promises from America's allies to boost their military budgets to 2 percent of their gross domestic product.

When asked if he was anxious that the Putin-Trump meeting could have negative consequences for Poland, Duda said he expected Trump to continue the USA stance of supporting Poland.

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

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when United States taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. "I'm a very stable genius".

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Trump poured fuel on the Brexit fire just hours before he was due to land there, saying he was not sure that Britons had voted for the Brexit plan presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has triggered a British cabinet rebellion.

"A clear message from President Trump is having an impact".

Does it benefit the U.S.in any way? Two of her top government officials resigned earlier this week over negotiations on how to manage Brexit, including foreign secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump has called a "friend".

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it". "They like me a lot in the U.K".

Conway said Trump is looking for a "commonality" with Russian Federation in order to work for "peace and prosperity", and contrary to Barack Obama, has been "transparent" about his Russian Federation policy.

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Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending