Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to increase defense spend to 4 percent

Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to increase defense spend to 4 percent

Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to increase defense spend to 4 percent

Confirming the Mr Trump's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

"Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025". In April, Trump said on Twitter that the USA relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War after Russian officials blocked a resolution at the U.N. Security Council to condemn chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Today, he had this new argument that because Germany is somewhat dependent on Russian Federation for its energy supplies - in particular, this natural gas deal that they struck three years ago - that somehow, that makes Germany captive to Vladimir Putin and Moscow.

Stoltenberg said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should focus for now on reaching the 2 percent goal by 2024, something just five of the 29 nations have done. "So we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries and then numerous of these countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia", Trump said.

"Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation..." So you tell me, is that appropriate?

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In 2017, the United States spent 3.1 percent of its GDP on defense, while Estonia, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom stand as the only countries which have crossed the two percent threshold.

"Because we understand that when we stand together, also in dealing with Russian Federation, we are stronger", Stoltenberg said.

He also suggested he could find time to talk to his "friend" Boris Johnson, who left Mrs May's Brexit negotiations in chaos by resigning as Foreign Secretary.

Trump is also expected to attend the first official summit and a one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, next week.

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In his statement posted on Twitter, Kerry said Trump's broadside against an American ally had weakened the United States.

"We have had discussions, we do have disagreements, but most importantly we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger". Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said they had, but declined to elaborate. Kerry praised President Barack Obama saying: "He displays a woeful ignorance of the work his predecessor's administration did to increase European defense spending".

"Trump on Wednesday also called out Germany for "paying a little bit over 1 percent" on defense", saying that's "inappropriate also".

"I am pleased to have this opportunity to be here for this exchange of views", she said, through a translator.

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"We have agreed to be committed to the pledge to increase the defense spending to 2 percent, let's start with that", the secretary general said. Opponents state that Trump is furthering Putin's agenda to break up the Western alliance. Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

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