Trump falsely claims credit on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

Trump falsely claims credit on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

At the end of the first day, Trump unsettled allies even more by questioning the value of the military alliance, which was formed to counter Soviet aggression during the Cold War. President Trump is not expected to see the inflatable in the air. "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". We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China.

Member states had already agreed, dating back in 2014, to increase their base level defense spending to 2 percent.

Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024.

Earlier Thursday, Trump called out United States allies on Twitter as he attended a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance. "It's very detailed", Macron said. "It reaffirms a commitment to 2 percent in 2024".

But by Thursday, leaders from France, Germany and Italy offered no support for Trump's claim that he had wrung new concessions out of the alliance on their military spending.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really wonderful".

"I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here I don't think", Trump said.

On Wednesday, Trump roiled the summit by calling on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to more than double their spending goal, suggesting a new benchmark that would have them devote 4 percent of their economy to defense. "More powerful than it was two days ago", he told a news conference Thursday before leaving Brussels en route to the United Kingdom.

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The controversy will shadow the president across Britain on Friday much like the 20-foot (6-meter) tall balloon depicting him as an angry baby that will be airborne for his visit. "I'm a very stable genius".

The prime minister welcomed the Trumps on Thursday for a black tie dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

When pressed to explain Trump's claims he credited the president with a "new sense of urgency" among allies to "redouble our efforts" to increase defence spending, but did not report any new cash or time commitments.

Trump: "Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed".

Answering a question about what other issues would be on the table, he opened the door for the two leaders to discuss US exercises in the Baltics and arms control issues. He described the U.K.as a "hot-spot with lots of resignations".

But since coming to power previous year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.

Trump heads to Britain on Thursday, where the government is in crisis over Brexit and where tensions with Russian Federation have spiked after London blamed Moscow for the death this month of a British woman from contact with the Novichok nerve agent.

Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time. I like Boris Johnson.

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