Trump Says U.S. Allies Agree to Raise NATO Defense Spending

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They all made commitments and they will be up to two per cent. There won't be any extra money forthcoming from any country, beyond a pledge made years ago that everyone would meet the thus far largely elusive 2% spending level.

However Trump had already taken the credit for an additional rise in spending, saying "for years presidents have been coming and talked about" the plan, but since he became president "we are doing numbers like they've never been done before".

NATO, a pillar of the global order, emerged from a two-day confrontation with President Donald Trump on Thursday intact but distracted and shaken, a further challenge to the alliance as it faces an expansionist Russian Federation and growing authoritarianism among some of its own members.

Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".

After an opening day of summit talks marked by clashes between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO leaders had hoped to focus on policy on Ukraine and Afghanistan.

At the end of the first day, Trump unsettled allies even more by questioning the value of the military alliance, which was formed to counter Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really awesome ... " "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

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That 2024 goal was set in 2014. But he reiterated his demand that US allies spend more on defense.

Trump is reported to have spoken of "grave consequences" if allies did not meet their 2 percent of GDP defense spending targets, saying that the United States could "go our own way" if his demands were not met. "Indeed, we're increasing it by 70 per cent over the next decade", Trudeau said. He also said the other leaders had thanked him for raising the issue of how to support NATO's operations.

According to a person briefed on the meeting, Trump told other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders that if their countries did not meet the 2 percent standard by January, the United States would go it alone, a comment that some interpreted as a threat to withdraw from the alliance. He said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday". It's very detailed. It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024.

Trump told reporters that allies had agreed to meet defense spending figures faster than previously planned, and said that financial commitments would increase in the future. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really unbelievable".

US President Donald Trump on Thursday repeated his claim that he is a "very stable genius".

But Mr Macron said his U.S. counterpart had not threatened to leave, insisting: "President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw".

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Trump then held an impromptu press conference.

Earlier Thursday, he repeated his complaint that the United States carries a trade deficit with the European Union even as those countries rely on USA aid to pay for their defense. "And I said, 'Putin may be the easiest of them all.' You never know". This was characterized as an emergency meeting by some people.

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It's an uncomfortable environment for May, who is facing her own political unrest outside of Trump's visit.

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. He described the U.K.as a "hot-spot with lots of resignations".

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