Trump claims victory in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending dispute

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left and EU Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini right speak together at a U.S. E.U. Energy Council Meeting at the European Union's European External Action Service in Brussels Belgium Thursday

Trump claims victory in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending dispute

DONALD Trump sowed chaos in Brussels as he demanded other nations massively increase their spending, triggering an emergency budget meeting.

A commitment to defend each other is the bedrock of the alliance and any suggestion that the United States would not come to Europe's aid because, as Trump has suggested, they owe "massive" sums, could be a blow to its deterrence. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation", he said.

The US leader has specifically singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.

Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and they did ask me if they could buy the military equipment, and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit", he told a news conference.

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.

GREENE: Well, you have the French president, Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile saying that no new commitments have been made - I mean, stressing that the allies had already agreed to pay 2 percent of their GDP by the year 2024. "We all agreed we have to deliver on that", Stoltenberg said, later saying: "We have agreed that we need to make good on the pledges we have made". "I'm very consistent", he replied.

"But ultimately he is a competitor".

The cold-war era military alliance has added billions to its budget since 2015, most of which has contributed to the militarization of areas around Russia's border. "Hopefully some day he will be a friend. I don't know that is what they voted for".

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But just hours after the president boarded Air Force One to leave the Brussels summit, USA officials at the Pentagon were reportedly on full-fledged "damage control", calling foreign leaders to assure them the US will continue to provide military support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, according to NBC News.

Though NATO allies have squabbled in the past, Trump seemed to be leaving in his wake not just bruised feelings, but deeper concerns about the future of the Western alliance that has served as a bedrock of the global order.

"There was a communiqué released yesterday it was very detailed and I invite you to read it".

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it.

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending. Therefore there is no additional spending", he said Thursday. The official said there was fear that Trump could repeat his performance at the Group of Seven summit last month, when he pulled his consent from the closing declaration in a fit of pique after first agreeing to it. And NATO in this summit has clearly identified Russian Federation as an aggressor, as something it is anxious about. Poles remain grateful to U.S. President Ronald Reagan's role in defeating communism and see the United States as its only real power that could protect it from falling under Moscow's control again. ". It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki".

President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017.

Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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