Instead, he said, the other 28 allies had agreed to increase their defence spending more quickly to meet a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of two percent of their national income within a few years. "We committed ourselves to spending a bit more".
Citing the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, he said: "Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit". It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. Energy exports represent Russia's main source of revenue, and Trump argues that the pipeline undermines NATO's goal, as it's created to counter Russian aggression.
Trump emerged declaring his continued commitment to a Western alliance built on US military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War Two.
In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop previous year".
Because of me, they've raised about $40bn over the past year.
But just days out from a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the mercurial U.S. leader threatened to throw the transatlantic alliance into disarray.
Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion".
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Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session.
More broadly, his performance, leavened at times by a more reassuring tone, left his fellow leaders struggling anew to judge whether he was posturing to win a better deal for the United States, moving to weaken institutions at the heart of the post-World War II order, or both.
"We had a fantastic meeting at the end".
Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the 2% guideline within a decade.
Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.
During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona wants Trump to tell Putin his invasion and occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine is "illegal" and his activities in Syria are "detrimental". "You know, he's done so well in his negotiations", he said, "I'm not about to second-guess how he's doing it".