Trump Walks Back NATO Threats, Takes 'Total Credit' For Spending Boost

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Macron also said that Trump "never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO".

"Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting 60-70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline", Trump said to reporters Wednesday morning, calling the alleged dependence on Russian energy "inappropriate".

Hours later, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met privately and discussed the pipeline, each reaffirming the partnership between the US and Germany. But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe.

The alliance was founded upon the notion of collective defense, meaning an attack on one member state is considered an attack on all of them.

Another 31 percent of respondents said that they believe that Putin will emerge from the summit with a "better deal", while 24 percent predicted that Trump will see a better outcome. "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who like the summit host, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, was singled out in the room by Trump for spending less that 1 percent of GDP on defence, said Madrid would also meet the target by 2024.


At Thursday's press conference, he repeated an incorrect claim that the United States "pays for 70 to 90% of NATO".

Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion".

He added that allies had agreed their national plans to get defence spending up to 2 per cent should be "credible".

"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday. It's very detailed", Macron said. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

"We need our allies to spend two per cent".

"The language was much tougher today", a source told Reuters. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really wonderful".


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said flatly that he agreed "no increase in spending" beyond that previously agreed by Rome, which previous year spent 1.1 percent on defence and is labouring under heavy debts that severely limit its options.

"I think the president needs to be very firm", he said of Mr. Trump's upcoming meeting on Monday. All I can say is, did you?

Trump then held an impromptu press conference. "But some people ask themselves, will you be tweeting differently when you board the Air Force One?". "I'm a very stable genius".

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said. Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?

Does it benefit the U.S.in any way?

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship.


Since last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit allies had added $US41bn to their budgets, he said, and now they would redouble their efforts.

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