NATO members agreed to increase spending

NATO members agreed to increase spending

NATO leaders at the opening ceremony for the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

As the dust cleared it was not clear what, if any concrete promises he had won.

It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending.

Donald Trump threw the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit into turmoil with fierce demands other members immediately and significantly increase military spending. He said he successfully pushed for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to spend more of their budgets on defence and at a faster pace than expected.

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron said.

Member nations agree to specific targets for military spending, though the dollar amounts - and total percentage of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budget - vary depending on their size.

Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations".

Since then eight of the 29 allies have managed to achieve the 2 per cent level, and a majority have budget plans to reach it by 2024.

According to CNN, he said: "I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".




"That is all", Macron said.

"The fact is that we have a commitment to increase defense spending". He was one of several members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who signed a letter calling on Trump to cancel.

So threatening the integrity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plays very well into the hands of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump will meet on Monday.

He insisted it had been a "very good" summit because of the frank and open discussion it had hosted. Ahead of the meeting, which has already provoked concerns among US, UK and Germany's officials, Trump called Putin a "competitor".

Since last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit allies had added $US41bn to their budgets, he said, and now they would redouble their efforts. "We understand this USA president is very serious about defense spending and this is having an impact", Stoltenberg said. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

We'll have more on President Trump, NATO, Russia and the protests in the United Kingdom after headlines.

He said the Cold War had ended a long time ago, and that in some areas, such as global security, arms control, and fighting worldwide terrorism, Russian and USA interests coincided. We are being played for fools.

"I also said that this incredible woman right here is doing a great job, doing a fantastic job", Trump said, justifying his comments.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in 2014 committed to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defence by 2024, but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has estimated that only 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends. "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

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