Trump departs NATO summit: 'We are very happy'

Pearl Mccarthy
July 14, 2018

TRUMP: "Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment".

After meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, President Donald Trump took credit for the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members agreeing to increase their national defense spending to 2 percent of their respective GDPs.

"It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said. "That's all", Macron said.

That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, the report noted. And he said Canada has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target.

NATO leaders at the opening ceremony for the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

"We think President Trump is basically right that the foundation of a successful alliance is fair contributions by all parties", he said. "But I'll very firmly ask the question".

They then moved on to President Trump's accusation that Germany is beholden to Russia because they get there energy needs from Russian companies.

"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure.

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"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said. Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really fantastic ... "

He claimed afterwards that there had been "tremendous progress" and that other members had agreed to increase their military spending after his "firm" warnings.

While some lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the indictment on Friday of 12 Russian military officers for "conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Sen. "I just don't know him very well".

Martin Schulz, a former SPD leader, went further than his party colleague Maas, telling Spiegel: "With his deliberate dividing of the western alliance and his contempt for its values, Trump is endangering world peace". I mean, it's one of those things.

"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests. People are paying money that they never paid before.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".

In response to the indictments, lawmakers - including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took exception.

"Start treating Putin like you do with the Democrats - tough, strong, 'we're not going to take your nonsense", he said. "Putin is our enemy". They're the closest to Russian Federation and feel threatened by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its occupation of certain regions in Georgia since 2008. He chose to help [Bashar] Assad slaughter Syrians.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at first did not call for the Helsinki summit to be nixed, saying in a statement she wanted Trump to "demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy".

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