Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have agreed to spending increases

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

Trump said. "All I can do is say 'Did you?' and 'Don't do it again, '" Trump said, according to The Washington Post.

In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop past year".

Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor, James Bays, reporting from the Belgian capital, however, said that based on interviews with sources, "nothing it seems, in the closed-door meeting, was resolved".

As the United Kingdom grapples with its own future in the European Union, I hope that President Trump's visit will help to solidify the long friendship between our two great countries.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, who also traveled to Russian Federation, said Trump should be prepared for complete denials and well-rehearsed answers when he meets with Putin in Finland's capital.

Earlier Thursday, Trump called out US allies on Twitter as he attended a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.

After the summit and a trip to Brexit-rattled Britain, Trump meets another strongman: Russian president Vladimir Putin. He also said the other leaders had thanked him for raising the issue of how to support NATO's operations.

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were attacked.

"Billions of additional dollars are being spent by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries since my visit a year ago, at my request, but it isn't almost enough".

"I know they're having a lot of problems and their economy is collapsing, but I will tell you this - at a certain point they're going to call me and they're going to say let's make a deal".

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"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive, " Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters.

Trump's comments came amid reports that he had warned leaders at an emergency session that the United States could pull out of the alliance if other members failed to increase their contributions.

While all eyes will be on what Trump does and says at the summit, there are some agreements that have been hashed out beforehand and are expected to get leaders' approval.

"Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment", Trump said in an impromptu press conference in Brussels.

According to diplomats, he plunged the summit into chaos on Thursday by saying that the USA would "go it alone", if European states failed to boost their spending to at least 2% by January.

During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach. I think that's a real possibility, ' he said.

(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.

Russian Federation and Georgia fought a brief war in 2008, which led to the regions declaring independence.

Trump has repeatedly slammed Merkel for supporting a new pipeline that would cement Berlin's client relationship with Russian Federation and increase Moscow's influence.

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