The NATO Summit got real messy after some Donald Trump shenanigans

The NATO Summit got real messy after some Donald Trump shenanigans

The NATO Summit got real messy after some Donald Trump shenanigans

As he flew off to the United Kingdom on Thursday for the next leg of his European tour, it was left to President Emmanuel Macron of France to correct the record following Trump's freewheeling press conference in which he claimed to have pushed allies into new defence spending commitments.

USA officials told NBC News that maintaining "predictability" among alliance members was important and that calls were made with foreign officials centered around "reinforcing alliance commitments" after Trump "made it clear alliance commitments were on the table". People are paying money that they've never paid before.

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today since a year ago", Trump said during a surprise news conference Thursday.

"So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up".

But hours later, both Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron denied they ever promised to do any of that.

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

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Trump said he let countries know during this week's summit that he was "extremely unhappy".

The document issued at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' summit reads: "We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all aspects of the Defence Investment Pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales Summit, and to submit credible national plans on its implementation, including the spending guidelines for 2024, planned capabilities, and contributions".

Trump has taken an aggressive tone during the summit, questioning the value of a military alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defence spending.

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 US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked.

While the president said he liked May and considered her a "very good person", he tossed fuel on already smoldering tensions over how the United Kingdom will pull out of the European Union next year.

President Trump "didn't set a timetable, but he was very clear that other countries needed to step up and fulfill their obligations", Sanders told ABC News.

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The president opened the day by reviewing a private military exercise alongside May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Neither Trump nor North Atlantic Treaty Organisation offered specifics on what Trump said he had achieved.

Says Stoltenberg: "We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defence spending to 2 percent".

The second day of the defence pact meeting was disrupted and repeatedly rescheduled, as Trump's insistence on renegotiating his allies' defence budgets took precedence over issues such as Ukraine and Georgia's vulnerability to Russian Federation.

"Depicting Trump as a baby is a great way of targeting his fragile ego, and mocking him is our main motivation", said Matthew Bonner, one of the organizers.

Wallace said he will ask Putin about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential meddling in the upcoming midterm elections. "The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030".

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While Trump said on Thursday that he expects the Helsinki summit to be "just a loose meeting", some at home are hoping it will be a "non-event" with nothing groundbreaking.

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