North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump hails alliance spending promises after crisis meeting

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump hails alliance spending promises after crisis meeting

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump hails alliance spending promises after crisis meeting

Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" after his "firm" warnings during the tense two-day meeting in Brussels, during which he singled out Germany for special criticism.

As the dust cleared it was not clear what, if any concrete promises he had won.

Mr Trump said the agreement to bump spending would be worth more than $US33 billion.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defence - similar to the U.S. level - would be the right level.

Trump stressed that NATO's budget had been unfair to the USA but now he was sure it would be fair.

A joint summit declaration issued Wednesday underlined NATO's support for Ukraine and its aspirations for membership of the alliance, pending domestic reforms. "That's all", said Macron, who also denied talk of Trump threatening to withdraw from the alliance. I've convinced the others to increase their military spending.

Mr Schäuble said: "The US president has a different way of communicating, which is odd to me, and I do not like it".

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Earlier Thursday, Trump called out United States allies on Twitter as he attended a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.

After raising the threat of the USA leaving NATO, Trump said on Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America's allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments "very substantially".

Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor, James Bays, reporting from the Belgian capital, however, said that based on interviews with sources, "nothing it seems, in the closed-door meeting, was resolved".

He insisted it had been a "very good" summit because of the frank and open discussion it had hosted.

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and USA allies".

Since last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit allies had added $US41bn to their budgets, he said, and now they would redouble their efforts.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

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"All the allies agree we have to make good on the commitments we made".

German news agency DPA, Politico and The Times London reported the US President had openly threatened that the US would "do our own thing" unless the wealthiest allies were spending 2 per cent of their GDP on defence by January.

As NBC News' Peter Alexander points out, "Even the U.S. doesn't spend 4%". We are being played for fools.

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed the ask to reporters on Wednesday, saying that the president "wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

Macron told reporters the leaders agreed to "nothing more" than all countries getting to the 2 percent goal by 2024 that was spelled out in a communique on Wednesday evening.

There is no penalty for not reaching the 2% goal; it's simply a guideline, and most member states have increased defense spending even if they haven't reached that goal quite yet. To that end, however, Trump said Obama and former President George W. Bush talked about it but "nobody did anything about it".

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