Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have agreed to spending increases

Trump tells Nato leaders to increase defence spend to 4% GDP

Trump tells Nato leaders to increase defence spend to 4% GDP

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron said. Donald Trump and the whole world leader gang got together to reaffirm their commitment to global defense and cooperation this week and it did not go at all as planned.

"I don't know him well enough, but the couple of times I have gotten to meet him, we got along very well", Trump said during a news conference Thursday at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

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 USA now spends. "That was not on Trump's watch", he said.

President Trump publicly criticized Germany over its Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, calling the wealthiest nation in the European Union "a captive to Russian Federation".

"There is a communique that was published yesterday".

"That is all", Macron said. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024". Many believe the summit may follow the way of last month's G7 meeting in Canada where Trump launched a verbal attack versus Canada. Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said. Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out.

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it.

"This is about making sure that we deliver on our commitments and that we continue to add more billions to our defense budgets", he said. "I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius".

"NATO is an alliance of 29 nations and sometimes there are differences and different views and also some disagreements, and the gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany is one issue where allies disagree".

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said.

"All the allies clearly and clearly heard the message of President Trump".

At the same time, he insisted Vladimir Putin was a "competitor" rather than an "enemy", ahead of their meeting in Finland next week after his four-day trip to the UK. Trump's United Kingdom visit comes ahead of a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.

As for what he and Putin will discuss, Trump said Syria will be a main topic, as will Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.

"Ultimately, that will be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she had "experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good". "What will happen with Crimea from this point on, I can't tell you".

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