France, Italy reject Trump's claim on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending boost World 08:51
13 July, 2018, 22:20 | Author: Myra Gill
Other leaders, however, played down the extent to which they went beyond existing commitments to increase contributions to their own defence, as Trump demanded they share more of what he calls an unfair burden on US taxpayers in funding an alliance focused on discouraging pressure from a resurgent Moscow. "We made a tremendous amount of progress today", he told reporters.
At an emergency session, Trump also threatened a U.S. pull out.
Following an emergency session at the alliance headquarters in Brussels to discuss his demands, Mr Trump said he had made it clear that he was "extremely unhappy" with what had been on the table so far. "The president has been consistent that he wants to see people spending more on defence in their countries and we are very pleased that we are doing exactly that".
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".
He also said he expected an easier meeting with Russian President Vladimir on Monday in Helsinki in remarks that contrast with the West's accusations that Moscow is seeking to undermine European democracies.
"NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago", President Trump said. But he did not rule out recognising Rissia's annexation of Crimea.
Trump also singled out Germany and its chancellor Angela Merkel for criticism, a day after saying Berlin had become a "captive of Russia" because of a gas pipeline deal and should be paying more for defense.
Trump claimed member nations had agreed to significantly boost their defense budgets and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the US was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the USA remains faithful to the accord.
He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation". "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"
Trump delivered the line after what several sources said was an improvised rant focused on his grievances about transatlantic ties, but appeared to hesitate before issuing his ultimatum, which led to some confusion about what he really meant.
Mr Trump fuelled a fire by appearing to criticise prime minister Theresa May'sBrexit plan, after the resignation of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and her minister in charge of the European Union exit, David Davis.
In what sounded like a Johnson endorsement, Mr. Trump went on to say, "Boris Johnson is a friend of mine".
"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". "I made the point for Germany that we know we have to do more".
This comes after Trump sharply criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending at least 2% of their gross domestic product on military defense and accused Germany of being held captive by Russian, from which it imports natural gas.
US President, Donald Trump, held bi-lateral talks with British Prime Minister, Theresa May at her grace-and-favour country residence, Chequers. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?"'
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He then took a question from Fox News regarding his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin . Trump first met May Thursday night and the pair spoke for about 90 minutes and attended a state dinner.
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