US President Donald Trump hailed a personal victory at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Thursday, saying allies had sharply increased defence spending commitments after he provoked a crisis session with a tirade at European leaders.
"Everyone agreed to raise spending as they agreed in 2014, and everyone agreed to respect the commitments they made". They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before.
After "frank and open" talks in Brussels, Mr Trump said other members had agreed to increase defence spending to a minimum of two per cent of GDP.
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"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially", Trump told reporters. Although Trump administration officials point to the longstanding alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.
At NATO, Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans.
Romania will spend 2 per cent of its gross domestic product on defence, and Iohannis said other members "will try to spend more than 2 per cent". "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".
"But ultimately he is a competitor".
Stoltenberg did note that more than $40 billion had been added to defense budgets since Trump came to office. "Hopefully some day he will be a friend".
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He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that "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".
The U.S. president's shake-up of the NATO summit had begun Wednesday at a working breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, when Trump accused Germany of being controlled by Russian interests.
"There was a communiqué released yesterday it was very detailed and I invite you to read it". Trump said that this goal should be met by January.
However Trump had already taken the credit for an additional rise in spending, saying "for years presidents have been coming and talked about" the plan, but since he became president "we are doing numbers like they've never been done before".
In a series of tweets at the time, Trump said that "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart".
Speaking at Chequers Friday at the official country residence of the prime minister, Trump said he also would bring up Ukraine, Syria, the Middle East, and nuclear proliferation when he meets with Putin.
"The concern is that this is not just noise to disregard, because perception is reality and this president may be with us for another six years", the senior source said. "There is a complete unpredictability in this, and one of the things you need in this alliance is predictability towards Russian Federation".
Ahead of the trip, Trump predicted his meeting with Putin would be his "easiest" stop on his European tour.
As to whether he could unilaterally pull the US out of the alliance without congressional approval, Trump said, "I think I probably can, but that's not necessary".