President Donald Trump claimed credit Thursday for reinvigorating the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, a day after he threw a gathering of US allies into turmoil by upbraiding member countries over defense spending and singling out Germany for the harshest criticism.
And while the president has said he ultimately wants to up commitments doubled to 4 percent, for now he said that countries have agreed to move at a "faster clip" to meet the 2 percent threshold. "Every single U.S. president has been pushing the point of extra spending since Reagan and they have all been played I am not going to be".
But by Thursday, leaders from France, Germany and Italy offered no support for Trump's claim that he had wrung new concessions out of the alliance on their military spending.
He used a session to intended for discussion of Georgia and Ukraine - two countries that have sparred with Russian Federation - to trumpet his spending concerns and rail against European countries, including Germany and Spain, for failing to contribute more to their defenses and relying too heavily on the security umbrella of the United States.
After a week in which he had insulted allies and questioned the value of NATO, Trump-flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton-gave an impromptu news conference at NATO headquarters Thursday morning before leaving Brussels.
Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century".
Schumer, New York Democrat, said the indictments prove Mr. Putin's government interfered with the election - and said Mr. Trump needs to take steps to make clear he understands the gravity of that.
"I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius", he said.
President Trump has arrived in the United Kingdom for a much-anticipated visit that is expected to draw large protests. "Hopefully some day he will be a friend".
"On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation", read another.
NATO invites Skopje to begin accession talks
It still faces several hurdles - including constitutional changes and a public referendum in Macedonia - before it becomes final. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev ... "Because this is an opportunity that is given once in a lifetime".
Trump's campaign and transition team have been accused of colluding with Russian agents in an effort to influence the 2016 USA election against Hillary Clinton.
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With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with NATO's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy".
Trump later called the meeting a "success".
The NATO summit did produce some substantive accomplishments. On Thursday, Trump said he wasn't troubled by the planned protests.
He triggered an emergency session on the spending issue, before emerging from the turmoil to say "I believe in Nato" in response to reports that he had threatened to pull out. The official said there was fear that Trump could repeat his performance at the Group of Seven summit last month, when he pulled his consent from the closing declaration in a fit of pique after first agreeing to it.
"Dear president Trump: America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe".
"Going forward, there should be no one-on-one meeting between this president and Mr. Putin", Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill.
"Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting 60-70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline", Trump said to reporters Wednesday morning, calling the alleged dependence on Russian energy "inappropriate".
He reportedly continued by warning that if the alliance's wealthiest economies weren't paying 2% by January, then the United States "are going to do our own thing".