Allies doubt Trump threatened to bail on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in spending feud

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"Some are at 2 per cent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 per cent, and some are going back to get the approval, and which they will get to go to 2 per cent", he said. The conspicuous appointment of former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, personal friend of Russian president Vladimir Putin, as chairman of the pipeline's operator, Nord Stream AG, and independent director of the Russian energy giant Rosneft has stoked the view that Russia has captured a permissive Germany's energy supply.

Trump insisted that he would bring up key subjects including Syria, although he once again failed to rule out recognising Russia's annexation of Crimea.

"There is no feeling among Western Europeans that there is a military, economic or political threat by the Russian Federation, which would justify the behaviour of President Trump in Brussels".

Earlier Thursday, Trump called out US allies on Twitter, saying, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

We are giving the world a lesson in how great powers decline. Author of "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today", he was formerly a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News in Asia and Europe.

After a tense first day, Trump didn't ease up on the second. Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said.

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century".

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.

London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests
In an incendiary interview , warned that her Brexit plan would "kill the deal" between the USA and Britain on trade. Trump will spend one night in British capital. "I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way".

"We had a very intense summit", Merkel told reporters after the session. "They like me a lot in the U.K".

"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".

Trump also demanded North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries up their defense spending immediately, and said all allies should eventually double defense spending to a wartime-like 4% of GDP.

Trump somewhat surprisingly demanded the 2% target be raised to 4%, although this was not reflected in the eventual summit declaration.

"NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is sidestepping questions about whether President Donald Trump has asked his allies to double their defence spending ambitions". "During the summit, we agreed on our program for the next two years", Le Drian added.

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".

Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

The outdoor arrival ceremony at Blenheim - Trump wore a tuxedo and first lady Melania Trump a butter-yellow, chiffon off-the-shoulder gown - was a grand affair marked by a military band in bearskin hats, hundreds of business leaders in black tie and gorgeous setting sunlight.

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