Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members agreed to meet spending commitments

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Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" after his "firm" warnings during the tense two-day meeting in Brussels, during which he singled out Germany for special criticism.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, talks to U.S. President Donald Trump as British Prime Minister Theresa May, right watches at the opening ceremony of the NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. "It's been incredible to see the level of spirit in that room".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the summit "very intense", and other leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, played down the extent to which they had pledged to accelerate spending plans as fast as Trump wanted. The target date to get military spending to 2% is 2024. "After we're at 2 percent, we'll start talking about going higher".

President Donald Trump was in damage control mode Thursday morning, declaring a tense North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit a success even while saying he could withdraw the United States from the alliance without the consent of Congress.

'Otherwise, we're going to buy them from somebody else, ' Trump said.

"Second, the President is under attack himself for the way he treats Putin and the way he may treat Putin in Helsinki", this diplomat said, who suggested Trump's approach was "part of his strategy of blaming others". Trump says Germany is "totally controlled" by Russian Federation.

He also vowed to raise allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, amid an ongoing U.S. investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

President Donald Trump's displeasure with the U.S.'s military allies over their relatively low defense spending is no secret. Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got under way. "Hopefully someday, maybe, he'll be a friend", said Trump.

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So many news talking heads noted Kelly's behavior, two seats away from Trump at the table, that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders felt the need to explain.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". "I made the point for Germany that we know we have to do more. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025", he tweeted Wednesday.

The President's remarks sent officials scrambling for answers, triggered ripples of dismay among defense officials and alarmed members of Trump's own party enough that one anxious aloud the President is trying to "tear down" the 29-member alliance.

Others in the room, including the Lithuanian president - whose country is among the most nervous of Russian ambitions - denied a suggestion that Trump had threatened pull the United States out of the alliance that it helped found to keep the peace in Europe after World War Two.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to boost their defense budgets significantly and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the US was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the USA remains faithful to the accord.

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending.

While in Latvia Trudeau did announce Canada would stay in the Baltic nation for four more years, until 2023 and boost its number of troops to 540 from the current 455. "Because I said it was unfair". And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views. I don't. I'm very consistent.

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