Ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump takes on European Union over trade spending

Trump says the US commitment to NATO

The Reuters sources said Mr. Trump did not go as far as to threaten to pull the United States out of the transatlantic defense alliance - as some European organizations reported - but officials told the Associated Press that his demands for increased national defense spending were enough to prompt North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials to declare an emergency session in Brussels on Thursday.

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.

While all eyes will be on what Trump does and says at the summit, there are some agreements that have been hashed out beforehand and are expected to get leaders' approval.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks had ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and USA allies".

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron said.

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Trump also said he expected Iran to call him one day with an offer to allay United States security concerns, saying Tehran was treating Washington with much more respect after he pulled the USA out of a nuclear deal.

"Is he my enemy?"

"Trump said things plainly as is normal between friends and allies".

"I think we will be able to", he said.

And he said Canada has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Asked about the mentioned figures of $33 to $40 billion, Trump said that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will announce the exact figure, but hinted that the essence was that NATO allies were going to spend those amounts much faster than previously thought. Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

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Leaders had gone into the second day, set to focus mainly on ending the long war in Afghanistan, with low expectations, showing the extent of European frustration with Trump's "America first" policies among the other 28 members of the alliance.

Freeland said she had a "good conversation" with the Danish foreign minister because the pipeline "is an issue that touches very much on Denmark".

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany".

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked. After the summit and a trip to Brexit-rattled Britain, Trump meets another strongman: Russian president Vladimir Putin. And we made clear, well, I made clear for myself and others also made it clear, that we are on this path, which is in our own interest and can make us overall stronger.

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