North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding

US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Angela Merkel did not address the U.S. President's comments directly when she spoke to reporters before leaving Brussels, but made her position clear that Germany had already been increasing its commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before... Later that day, Trump suggested that allies should spend 4% rather than 2% of its GDP on defence, a number that seems utopian.

"What they're doing is spending - at a much faster clip they're going up to the 2 percent level", Trump said.

Mr. Trump has also been harshly critical of German Chanceller Angela Merkel, tweeting in June that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said.

The summit's dramatic, chaotic conclusion - complete with the US president suddenly making demands following a formal communique - bore a striking similarity to Trump's departure from last month's G7 meetings in Quebec.

He infuriated Chancellor Angela Merkel by claiming that the pipeline deal had left Germany a "captive" that was "totally controlled" by Moscow. Trump wants the spending to go up to 4% of GDP, which is more than even the USA now spends on defense. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation", he said.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations reach their goal to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

"They actually thanked me for meeting with President Putin", he said.

Tusk also accused Trump of criticizing Europe nearly everyday and insisting that the European Union spends much more on defense than Russian Federation does. May will be able to remain in power in the wake of a rebellion in her government over Britain's "Brexit" break with the European Union, and the resignation of her foreign secretary Boris Johnson, he had nothing good to say about her chances.

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"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China.

Following the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was careful not to contradict the president's claim of a substantial increase in spending but was only able to directly point to members' existing 2 percent commitments.

A commitment to defend each other is the bedrock of the alliance and any suggestion that the United States would not come to Europe's aid because, as Trump has suggested, they owe "massive" sums, could be a blow to its deterrence.

"So we have a commitment to spend two percent".

The alliance, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all, was set up at the height of the Cold War, as a counterbalance to the Warsaw Pact between the Soviets and their satellite states.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", an ebullient Trump told reporters afterwards.

It is this meeting - the two men have met only two and a half times before according to Trump's own arithmetic - that contains the most serious risk to the battered western alliance.

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

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".

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