Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump Lashes Germany Demands Allies Double NATO Spending

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit.

At the 2014 Wales summit, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members pledged to raise defence expenditure to 2% of GDP by 2024, while also committing 20% of national defence expenditure to equipment procurement. "I'm a very stable genius", Trump said. "Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval - and which they will get - to go to 2 percent". "It has been really incredible to see the level of spirit in that room".

It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending.

Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and 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", he told a news conference.

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.

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

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.

McCain then ticked off a series by transgressions by Putin, including the "attack" on the US election and efforts "to undermine democratic institutions throughout the world".

First on Trump's agenda was a breakfast with the NATO Secretary General and before the food even came out, Trump was ranting about how the USA funds the protection of all the other NATO countries.

How much do we really spend?
From left: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg , Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May , and U.S. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views. "I don't.

Germany spends 1.2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, while the US spends 3.5 percent. Why?

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation". The US was at 3.6 percent, pouring nearly $700 billion into the Pentagon. Instead, they said, members reaffirmed the need to stay on track with military-budget increases that have already been underway and were branded insufficient by Trump a day earlier. "Hopefully someday, maybe, he'll be a friend", said Trump.

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.

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.

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London. "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitment".

"Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the US ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are staying in London on July 12.

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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