North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding

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"Ultimately, that will be going up quite a bit higher than that", Trump said at the news conference, after privately calling Wednesday on leaders to double their commitments to 4 percent of gross domestic product.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", said Trump, who began a four-day visit to Britain on Thursday. Now, never more vividly apparent than in his behavior Wednesday, President Donald Trump seems perfectly inclined to dismantle it, if that serves his goal.

US President Donald Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have agreed to increase their military spending. There won't be any extra money forthcoming from any country, beyond a pledge made years ago that everyone would meet the thus far largely elusive 2% spending level. "That is, are we really committed to the same goals and to the future of the organization?" Trump tweeted this morning before the second day of talks.

"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".

Some came close to disarming after the end of the Cold War.

The official said Trump told his counterparts that he had recently called golfer Jack Nicklaus to boast: "They have 1,000 cameras at the Oscars, and we had 6,000 cameras in Singapore". He also said the other leaders had thanked him for raising the issue of how to support NATO's operations.

Mr. Trump's comments came ahead of his summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, though the Kremlin said they were unlikely to have an impact on what was always going to be a hard meeting due to the number of disagreements between the two countries.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed", the Associated Press quoted Macron as saying. Greece, for example, exceeds the 2 percent spending goal but fails on the equipment measure.

Another NATO diplomat said Trump trampled on protocol by pointing at some leaders he said were not spending enough and addressing Merkel by her first name, referring to her as "you, Angela". "The additional money they will be putting up has been really awesome".

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"I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially, because the United States has been paying a tremendous amount", Trump said.

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said, "There's a great collegial spirit in that room that I don't think they've had in many years".

FORDHAM: Absolutely. I think that's part of the reason that Trump was light on details and part of the reason that the secretary general in his press conference right now was light on details.

Asked about Johnson, Trump said: "I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point".

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions". Tens of thousands of people are likely to protest in the British capital on Friday, while Trump is outside the city at May's country residence Chequers, before visiting Windsor to meet the Queen.

She has now moved on to London, which is President Trump's next stop. He described the U.K.as a "hot-spot with lots of resignations".

With an eye toward communist expansion aided by the Soviet Union, the U.S., Canada and 10 other nations decided a system of collective defense was in every members' best interest.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump as saying "I'll do my own thing" if spending is not immediately increased. I think it would be salutary for the alliance.

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