In Surprise Move, Trump Makes New Demand On NATO Spending

NATO Alliance Summit in Brussels

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during their bilateral breakfast, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

In Saudi Arabia, the officials discussed USA oil sanctions to deny Iran revenue, maintaining a well-stocked oil market to guard against volatility and helping partners find alternatives to Iran oil, the official said.

"Everyone in the room thanked me", he said.

The Nato leaders, gathered in Brussels, held an unplanned emergency meeting earlier on Thursday after Mr Trump told allies to immediately increase their defence spending, diplomatic sources said.

Trump kicked off the NATO Summit in Brussels by lashing out at Germany for being "held captive" by Russian Federation.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

His comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin. "They've got to want to do better with us", Shelby said. Trump means them ill and therefore in many ways he's more unsafe than Putin.

Since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement, European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to maintain the nuclear curbs required in the deal.

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"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany", Merkel added. At breakfast he had spoken of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation because of the two countries' energy relationship, which he labelled "inappropriate". "And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them". The meeting with the Russian president will arguably be the most attention-grabbing leg of Trump's European tour. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation noted today that since 2014, its allies have made progress with getting towards their agreement to put 2% of their GDP towards defense within 10 years. "But it could lead to productive - something very productive, and maybe it's not".

"We had a very intense summit", Merkel told reporters after the session.

Throughout his presidency, Trump has railed against European allies for not paying more for the defenses.

"I think he has to expect they're going to deny, deny everything", the South Dakotan said.

The unexpected demand from Trump during a closed-door meeting of heads of state laid down a new, virtually unachievable marker for a peacetime military spending in an alliance already struggling to meet current defense spending commitments.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

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