Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members agreed to meet spending commitments

Nato members keep wary eye on Trump's mood

In Surprise Move, Trump Makes New Demand On NATO Spending

Four countries saw the military-spending percentage fall by more than 5 percent since 2016.

(From L to R, first row) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The target date to get military spending to 2% is 2024. Energy exports represent Russia's main source of revenue, and Trump argues that the pipeline undermines NATO's objective, as it's created to counter Russian aggression.

When asked if he was anxious that the Putin-Trump meeting could have negative consequences for Poland, Duda said he expected Trump to continue the US stance of supporting Poland.

He claimed the combined additional sum would be $33bn, but said that could rise to $40bn, with other economies agreeing to meet Nato's target of two per cent of GDP.

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.

"I [also] want to delve into Vladimir Putin and what he wants for his country", said Wallace.

"We all agreed we have to deliver on that", Stoltenberg said, later saying: "We have agreed that we need to make good on the pledges we have made".

Referring to her own past living in the now defunct East Germany, Ms Merkel added: "I personally experienced how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union".

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Mr Trump dominated the day and is set to stay in the spotlight as he visits the United Kingdom and prepares for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Unlike at the Group of 7 meeting in Quebec last month, Trump did not refuse to sign the declaration negotiated among officials of the member nations, although it was a mark of how much uncertainty he has created that his agreement to the basic statement of principles and goals was not a foregone conclusion. "We reaffirmed a credible budget strategy that meets our needs".

We have realized this since the attack on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

After Trump spoke, French President Emmanuel Macron said nothing had changed from NATO's earlier commitment, despite Trump's claims.

Still, Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.

This is not the first time the United States leader has heaped praise on his own intellect.

He demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend four percent of their gross domestic product on defence, a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it".

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