Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies agree to boost defense spending

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Stoltenberg said of the pledge, "At the end of the day, we all agree that North America and Europe are safer together".

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when US taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in Helsinki on 16 July for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the U.S. into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. "There is no break-up between USA and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks. And the United States is being treated much more fairly.

Trump has described the spending situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

"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".

"So we have a commitment to spend 2 per cent".

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending". The communique welcomes "four consecutive years of real growth in non-US defence expenditure" and says all allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defence in real terms.

Trump heads to Britain on Thursday, where the government is in crisis over Brexit and where tensions with Russian Federation have spiked after London blamed Moscow for the death this month of a British woman from contact with the Novichok nerve agent.

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And with his free-wheeling opinions on Britain's exit from the European Union at that news conference, Trump even forced British Prime Minister Theresa May into a public defense of her policies and to come out to speak to reporters, diplomats said.

That outburst prompted NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to ask Ukraine and Georgia to leave the room and, in a closed session, to try to get the carefully-choreographed summit back on track.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". Analysts are saying it was a test vote to see if they can override a veto.

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4% of gross domestic product was above the United States own spending on defence.

When questioned in Latvia on his way to the summit in Brussels, Belgium, Trudeau said that Canada has no plans to double its defence budget when asked about meeting the two per cent figure directly.

The populist core of his coalition is fueled in part by anger over what his supporters consider unfair treatment of the United States on matters of trade, immigration, and worldwide affairs. Every single USA president has been pushing the point of extra spending since Reagan and they have all been played. 'We make by far - and that's one thing I guess I assume that prior to taking office but I really learned since being president, our equipment is so much better than anybody else's equipment when you look at our companies, ' Trump said. In the afternoon, he heads to his next stop: the United Kingdom.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany".

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said of Trump at the evening event, at which leaders enjoyed an acrobatic display and saxophone music in a Brussels park.

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