Donald Trump 'threatens to pull United States out of NATO'

Donald Trump 'threatens to pull United States out of NATO'

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took a more diplomatic approach on the spending row, saying that Trump was having an "impact" while refusing to confirm any increase beyond what was agreed in the statement.

A federal grand jury on Friday alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's former rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Latest indictment of Russian intelligence officers and Kremlin-directed hacking operation created to help the Trump campaign adds to weight of evidence against Putin", Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee ranking member, tweeted. Days before today's 12 indictments were handed down, Trump continued to call Robert Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt".

In a series of tweets at the time, Trump said that "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart".

Trump has said he plans to raise the issue.

But the president indicated he did not expect much progress on the issue.

"I think we'll get along well".

"We are not going to finance it for them but we will make sure that they are able to get payments and various other things so they can buy - because the United States makes by far the best military equipment in the world: the best jets, the best missiles, the best guns, the best everything". "And you'll be seeing that and I guess you'll be hearing that a little bit later".

Donald Trump boasted Thursday of singlehandedly winning commitments from his fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to meet and exceed a defence spending target of two per cent of GDP - even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only of continuing with Canada's existing military plan.

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Trump: "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy at what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

"They're here as a prime minister or as a president, and they can't necessarily go in and say, 'This is what we're going to do.' But they're going back for approvals", Trump said, acknowledging the political realities.

Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour.

But CNN reported that White House officials said the Putin summit would proceed as scheduled.

The two officials met on the sidelines of the NATO Summit.

The piece goes on to detail the extensive lengths to which Trump and his supporters have gone to cast doubt on Russia' interference in the election.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton, at least prior to joining the White House, have both been more critical of Moscow than the president they serve.

"I'm not pitting one against the other", Trump said.

The U.S. intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the U.S. This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality. Trump emerged from the summit claiming he'd pressured the members into meeting his demands - although French President Emmanuel Macron quickly shot that claim down, pointing out that the summit communique only committed the allies to the two per cent target set before Trump was elected.

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