Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Riga Latvia on Monday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Riga Latvia on Monday

'I think they agree with me on immigration. He said the USA commitment to the 29-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization remains very strong and cited "the additional money they will be putting up" and "the level of spirit in that room" during the meetings. Trump said that would happen over "a fairly short period of time".

Macron and others said they did not interpret Trump's words as a direct threat to quit the alliance Washington founded in 1949 to contain Soviet expansion. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

Around eight members of the 29-country military alliance are expected to reach the 2 per cent target this year. He described USA allies in the region as "afraid about what our president might agree to", and he told reporters he "very much" shares their worries. Describing the dynamics of the talks, he said, "I was using the term a lot today: burden-sharing".

There probably wasn't a single, unified metric that would make sense for each country, he said. "I believe in NATO", Trump told a press conference after a fraught NATO summit in Brussels. I don't. I'm very consistent. Energy exports represent Russia's main source of revenue, and Trump argues that the pipeline undermines NATO's objective, as it's created to counter Russian aggression.

Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the U.S. now spends.

Trump's comments came in a wide-ranging news conference after attending a special meeting on defense spending.

Mr Trump dominated the day and is set to stay in the spotlight as he visits the United Kingdom and prepares for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg had given "total credit" to him for the increased spending, which he said he instigated during his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting past year.

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We have realized this since the attack on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

Wallace said he will ask Putin about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential meddling in the upcoming midterm elections.

"I brought it up, no one brought it up but me".

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters.

The first day of the summit meeting also illustrated the ways in which Trump's foreign policy approach matched up with his domestic political strategy.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defence - similar to the USA level - would be the right level.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

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