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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump hails alliance spending promises after crisis meeting

13 July 2018

US President Donald Trump said he is now "very, very happy" because North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies allegedly pledged to increase defence spending to levels "never seen before", despite reports to the contrary.

People present said he had earlier warned he would "go it alone" if allies, notably Germany, did not make vast increases in their defence budgets for next year.

Trump adds that he was "extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

"I don't. I'm very consistent", Trump said.

He continued: "Nato is much stronger than it was two days ago".

According to the survey, 53 percent of voters think that Trump is "not tough enough" on Moscow, while just about 5 percent said that the USA president has been "too tough".

Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the USA now spends.

Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. "Indeed, we're increasing it by 70 per cent over the next decade", Trudeau said.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when U.S. taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

Trump told reporters that allies had agreed to meet defense spending figures faster than previously planned, and said that financial commitments would increase in the future.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 12, 2018.

Trump said his summit with Putin, which will take place on Monday in Helsinki, would be a loose meeting with "no big schedule" - but one that could still be productive. Many have already settled their 2019 budgets and the sums involved are vast - even if they wanted to, many would struggle to make useful purchases.

"The fact is that we have a commitment to increase defense spending". "I'm a very stable genius".

Allied NATO defense spending has actually increased on average 3.1 percent since 2014.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

Before arriving a half hour late to the final day of meetings on Thursday, Trump tweeted that "the USA pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe", that Germany's oil and gas pipeline with Russian Federation is "not acceptable", and that allies must not only all reach the 2 percent defense spending guideline, but double that to 4 percent.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump hails alliance spending promises after crisis meeting