President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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While Republican Trump has gone softer on Putin, calling him a "competitor" and "not my enemy" on Thursday, lawmakers from both parties hardened their warnings to Trump before he sits down with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday.

That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the United Kingdom.

Still, the tone Trump projected wasn't one of concern for German independence.

Trump was greeted at the palace by British Prime Minster Theresa May, whose government has been rocked by resignations from ongoing tumult over Brexit, the nation's contentious vote to leave the European Union.

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The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP. I think that's a real possibility, ' he said.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the USA budget. But there was little evidence other leaders had bowed to his wishes on that front.

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. At an impromptu conference, Trump said America's commitment to the alliance "is very strong". "Hopefully someday, maybe, he'll be a friend", said Trump.

Trump repeated demands on the second day of the summit for countries to meet a spending target of two percent of GDP now, instead of by 2024, and to eventually double spending to four percent. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

One media report cited North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials saying Stoltenberg called an emergency session of alliance leaders after Trump demanded they all lift defence spending to 4 per cent of GDP - even more than the United States spends - or face the US' disengagement from the pact. He claimed in a press conference that "Yesterday I let allies know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening". Heads of state signed a communique in which they "reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all aspects of the Defence Investment Pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales summit".

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He interrupted the reporter's question to congratulate Croatia on their FIFA World Cup victory over England on Wednesday, which earned the Balkans country a spot in the finals for the first time in history. They're happy to do it. "And the United States is being treated much more fairly". But several leaders said the gathering produced no new spending commitments.

Mr Trump's early-morning tweets from Brussels had been typically critical.

The faces of the Russian tourists, and their Estonian hosts, looked perfectly at ease as they greeted one another at the port and in the city-much more so than the European statesmen who were forced this week to welcome President Trump.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday told CNN that the organisation's member countries have committed to defence spending at two percent of GDP, but would not confirm US President Donald Trump's claim that the target was actually four percent.

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