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Trump says he wins big concession at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

12 July 2018, 10:43 | Erica Roy

Trump tirade sends NATO leaders into crisis sessionMore

Trump tirade sends NATO leaders into crisis sessionMore

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, on Thursday he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending.

The US were not treated fairly, but now we are. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before", the president said.

Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, dismissed the significance of the protests, telling Fox News that one of the reasons the two countries are so close "is because we have the freedoms that we've all fought for".

But coming a few days before he is to meet President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Trump's critical stance toward the allies intensified attention on longstanding concerns by the United States about the willingness of Europe to shoulder its share of the financial burden for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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

"They're treating us with much more respect right now than they did in the past", Trump said. I think they agree with me on immigration. "I am very happy that we are today united in freedom as the federal republic".

According to diplomats, he plunged the summit into chaos on Thursday by saying that the USA would "go it alone", if European states failed to boost their spending to at least 2% by January. That would mark a significant milestone for the alliance.

"There was a commitment to reverse that declining investment and start moving toward 2% and that's exactly what we agreed with as a government when we came in".


But the U.S. president has done so in a counterproductive way, setting an impossible target for rapid increases in defence spending, to 2 per cent of GDP by January, threatening that otherwise America will "go it alone". The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030. Officials said no explicit threat was made.

While in Latvia earlier this week, when asked about plans to meet the target, the prime minister made it clear he had no plans to double Canada's defence budget.

Trump, in a series of tweets from Brussels, said that, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

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. "NATO", he added, "is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

Germany is extremely reliant on Russian gas, and the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which Germany approved in March, will only increase its dependence.

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.



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