Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending



But there are no IOUs to collect from past years.

"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.

STOLTENBERG: "It's also because of your leadership, because of your carried message".

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 Mr. Trump.

"NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago", Mr Trump told reporters, describing an unscheduled crisis meeting of the 29 alliance leaders this as "fantastic" and having "a great collegial spirit".

He also renewed a demand that they even double that - though many question what they could usefully spend it on.

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24%, compared with 3.5% for the US.

"In a heated meeting in Brussels with the leaders of NATO, Trump claimed that Moscow now basically controls Berlin due to their dependence on it for energy".

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It's something historical for us. "We will never forget this". He deserves, if we win this World Cup , the Ballon d'Or'.

Trump used the session with Ukraine and Georgia to return to the question of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members' defense spending and used a "harsher" tone than yesterday, according to a European official with knowledge of the discussion. It's been an "intense" summit, she said.

As Trump opted to use his breakfast with NATO's leadership to gripe about Germany's energy ties to Russia, Kelly's grimacing and fidgeting prompted suspicions he did not share Trump's views. "They're not getting paid". They got rid of their nuclear. "And, as long as Russian Federation persists in its efforts to undermine our interests and values, we must continue to deter and counter them". It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. It gets 70 per cent of its energy from Russian Federation.

Russia's main source of income is energy exports.

But French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters the alliance had not agreed to anything new during the meeting. But Germany has not "got rid" of either.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said this is not a formal proposal and that Trump had merely "suggested" this increase. "We're protecting everybody. And yet we're paying a lot of money to protect".

There, he announced that Canada will assume command of a new NATO training mission in Iraq - a deployment of 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, aimed in part at staving off Trump's complaints that Canada and other NATO allies are not doing enough to contribute to their NATO defence commitments. Article 5, the collective-defense portion of the North Atlantic Treaty, has been invoked once: after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

New figures published on Tuesday showed that only 7 European NATO countries - Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania - would reach the 2% spending target in 2018.

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