Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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Trump claims North Atlantic Treaty Organisation victory after 'go it alone' ultimatum

Trump claims North Atlantic Treaty Organisation victory after 'go it alone' ultimatum

The NATO communique says that two-thirds of countries have plans to meet the spending target by 2024, and that, "all Allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defence in real terms".

After Trump spoke, French President Emmanuel Macron said nothing had changed from NATO's earlier commitment, despite Trump's claims.

Trump: "They really stepped up their commitment ... stepped it up an additional 33 billion ... "

Trump threw the summit into turmoil by demanding not only that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two percent of GDP "immediately" - instead of by 2024 as previously agreed - but also telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four percent. In addition, Wallace said he will ask the Russian president about the summit with Trump and where the two sides stand on contentious issues like NATO, Syria and Ukraine.

Despite his controversial comments, the Bundestag President declared Mr Trump was "not entirely wrong" about forcing member states to up their defence, saying that he can "understand that critical position".

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation". 'They did ask me if they could buy the military equipment and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit'.

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.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this is not a formal proposal and that Trump had merely "suggested" this increase. The United States, far the biggest economy, spent 3.6 percent a year ago, while Germany, the second biggest, paid out just 1.2 percent and only a handful of countries met the 2 percent target.


President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic mounted a charm offensive at the summit, presenting Trump with a Croatian soccer jersey as giving him plenty of attention.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the United States leader said his hectoring had paid off.

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

"The fact is that we have a commitment to increase defense spending".

Trump also singled out Germany and its chancellor Angela Merkel for criticism, a day after saying Berlin had become a "captive of Russia" because of a gas pipeline deal and should be paying more for defense. Many have already settled their 2019 budgets and the sums involved are enormous - even if they wanted to, many would struggle to make useful purchases.

"At the end of the day, however, I know that the relations between the United States and Canada militarily are going to continue to be superb".

Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an "exchange of views" with Trump.

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