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Donald Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members will ‘substantially’ increase defence spending

Donald Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members will ‘substantially’ increase defence spending

Only the USA spends more than 3%, with seven other countries above or near.

Speaking at a media conference after two days of talks, Mr Trump said the US's allies had committed to raising their commitment beyond 2 per cent. What I hope he'll say is 'having said all that, my goal is to make North Atlantic Treaty Organisation stronger.' And the only way it gets stronger is for us to up our game and for people to match the commitments they've made.

Tensions rose on the final day of the two-day summit when members met in an emergency session amid demands from Trump for all members to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

The US leader has also singled out Germany for particular criticism over its defence spending.

"The question [on] all sides is not just a tactical one, that is, how to resolve a disagreement, but a strategic one", says Stephen Sestanovich, a senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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 USA stance of supporting Poland.

THE FACTS: There's no question US military spending constitutes well over a majority of the alliance's overall spending on defense.

Trump has berated members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were attacked.

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On both matters, Republican senators said they agreed with Trump's message.

Mr Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" and that allies were "going to up it at levels they've never seen before". "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments.

There, he announced that Canada will assume command of a new NATO training mission in Iraq - a deployment of 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, aimed in part at staving off Trump's complaints that Canada and other NATO allies are not doing enough to contribute to their NATO defence commitments. At breakfast he had spoken of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation because of the two countries' energy relationship, which he labelled "inappropriate".

In a move that echoed his contentious departure from the G7 summit in Quebec, Trump later posted a tweet that appeared to contradict the communique, insisting countries should "pay two per cent of GDP immediately, not by 2025".

Trump had made similar comments ahead of his visit and has always been critical of the transatlantic alliance, prompting concerns that President Trump will undermine it, CNN reported.

"What will be said if President Trump says, 'Look, President Putin".

"There is value in protecting the president in having a number of Americans in the room when the conversations take place, because just what I saw on the scale of a congressional visit can happen in a presidential visit in which the description of what transpired in the meeting does not fit reality", Moran said.


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