Trump claims a phantom victory in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending war

Trump claims a phantom victory in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending war

In the interview with Britain's The Sun, Trump said a new trade deal with the United States was unlikely because of May's Brexit negotiation tactics.

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

As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago".

At the same time Washington wanted to put on paper its concerns over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 president election in the United States, the newspaper said, citing unnamed USA officials.

On Thursday, Trump said he will "absolutely" ask Putin about Russian meddling when he meets with him face-to-face early next week.

Trump also lashed out at his longtime nemesis, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Muslim who has criticized Trump's ban on travel to the United States from several predominately Muslim countries.

In his press conference, Trump even seemed to acknowledge that there was no new commitment, though he said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members might spend "at a much faster clip" than before: "We will go to much higher than 2 percent into the future, but right now we're getting people up to 2 percent".

Trump's comments came ahead of his summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, though the Kremlin said they were unlikely to have an impact on what was always going to be a hard meeting due to the number of disagreements between the two countries.

Trump tweeted this morning before the second day of talks.

During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP.

"Trump did in Brussels what he has done elsewhere: He manufactured a crisis and then grandiosely claimed to have fixed it, leaving America's allies bruised and irritated", Paris said.

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Western fears that Trump would fracture the alliance ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to be realized Wednesday as the American president wasted no time in calling Germany "captive" to Russia even before the official welcoming ceremony.

That optimism was echoed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who noted that leaders had agreed to a range of initiatives that would make the alliance stronger and better able to quickly respond to new and existing threats such as Russian Federation and terrorism.

"You know, what am I going to do?"

In 2011, when the United States was still heavily involved in Afghanistan and Iraq, defence spending was at 4.78% of GDP.

"I believe in Nato", Mr Trump told a press conference after a fraught Nato summit in Brussels.

Theresa May and Donald Trump held a joint news conference at Chequers, in which the president insisted the US-UK relationship is "the highest level of special".

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

"He's really quite stung by the criticism he's been getting", Dunn said.

"That would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something on nuclear proliferation", he said.

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".

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