Unpacking Trump's claim of new funding from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members

US to review Afghanistan strategy after discouraging year

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.

US officials told Reuters that the White House is preparing another review of strategy in Afghanistan, just a year after Trump hesitantly extended the involvement in America's longest war. "The President is absolutely right".

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At NATO, Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans.

Merkel told reporters there followed a discussion with assurances to Trump that spending was increasing - something he later acknowledged was happening at an unprecedented rate.

The United States, far the biggest economy, spent 3.6 percent a year ago, while Germany, the second biggest, paid out just 1.2 percent and only a handful of countries met the 2 percent target.

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.

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According to diplomats, he plunged the summit into chaos on Thursday by saying that the U.S. would "go it alone", if European states failed to boost their spending to at least 2% by January. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP.

Speaking during his opening monologue from London Wednesday night, Hannity praised President Trump's tough negotiating tactics at the 2018 NATO Summit; adding the United States taxpayer will no longer be the "ATM machine" for their European allies.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

He continued to criticize Germany over an $11 billion pipeline deal with Russian Federation. (Trump has not held a news conference in the United States in over a year).

Trump also tweets: "What good is North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars for gas and energy?" We make, by far-I mean, that's one thing-I guess I assumed it 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-Lockheed and Boeing and Grumman.

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending.

Still, Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.

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