NATO Summit: Germany, France reject Trump's budget demands

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Trump claimed victory after bitterly criticizing key allies, notably Germany, for failing to pay their way at one of the most fractious summits in Nato's 70-year history. "So there is no additional spending", Conte told a news conference.

However, Mr Trump's intervention prompted an immediate response, with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members going into an emergency session while the US President held a remarkable press conference where he said: "We are doing numbers like we've never seen before".

"Everyone agreed to raise spending as they agreed in 2014, and everyone agreed to respect the commitments they made. They have stepped up today like they have never stepped up before". "It has created a new sense of urgency".

The U.S. president said if other countries don't meet NATO's 2 percent of GDP spending target for defense, the U.S. would go it alone, DPA reported, citing unnamed sources.

Though NATO allies have squabbled in the past, Trump seemed to be leaving in his wake not just bruised feelings, but deeper concerns about the future of the Western alliance that has served as a bedrock of the global order. Canada's defence spending was estimated at 1.36 per cent of GDP in 2017 and is only expected to rise to 1.4 per cent by 2024. Only eight countries will hit the bar this year, and seven more have unveiled roadmaps to meet goal on time.

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

Officials said that non-members of the alliance had been asked to leave the room early Thursday and that everyone in the room had been told to leave their phones outside.

Nothing has changed since Trump arrived in Brussels.

Trump is questioning May's handling of Brexit in an interview with The Sun newspaper and blaming London's mayor for terror attacks against the city.

In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added: "Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state".

The most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill said Friday that President Trump should call off his summit next week with Russian leader Vladimir Putin after prosecutors indicted Russian military operatives for hacking the 2016 election.

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He reportedly continued by warning that if the alliance's wealthiest economies weren't paying 2% by January, then the United States "are going to do our own thing".

GREENE: Well, you have the French president, Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile saying that no new commitments have been made - I mean, stressing that the allies had already agreed to pay 2 percent of their GDP by the year 2024. There may be considerable wiggle room for leaders to do nothing new, many officials said.

The demands sent "everyone into a tailspin", according to a third diplomat briefed on the morning's events.

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.

She said that the meeting was a continuation of what has been discussed for months.

"NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago", President Trump said. "Everybody confirmed this trajectory", Macron told reporters after the meetings. "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitment".

Right before his departure, Donald Trump gathered reporters for an impromptu press conference - never good. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) sought to soothe nervous allies, emphasizing that Capitol Hill still fully supports the 29-member alliance.

"He's really quite stung by the criticism he's been getting", Dunn said.

"Again, ladies and gentlemen, the American Congress weighs in on all these matters", Tillis said.

"We have been far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

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