Donald Trump: NATO allies should double defence spend goal

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He has also floated the idea of "going it alone" if allies don't comply, something which he has said before but he can't really do without an - unlikely- Congress approval.

German news agency DPA, Politico and The Times of London reported the US President had openly threatened that the US would "do our own thing" unless the wealthiest allies were spending 2 per cent of their GDP on defence by January. At a time when the US needs its European allies the most to combat aggression from Russian Federation, he reportedly continues to antagonize them with rhetoric like he used at the summit.

Praising new initiatives to build capacity, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg estimated that as much as 266 billion additional USA dollars would be spent by European allies and Canada on defense by 2024.

French President Emmanuel Macron has denied President Donald Trump's claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to boost defense spending beyond 2 percent of gross domestic product. Trump said he intends to talk to Putin about its alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election. In the afternoon, he heads to his next stop: the United Kingdom.

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending".

Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary-general, pictured here among alliance leaders, struck a diplomatic note about Mr Trump's outspoken calls for other countries to live up to their goal of spending 2 per cent of their economic output on defence.

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And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip. Funding has averaged about $1 billion annually and Stoltenberg has said he expected that level to be met.

In recent months Trump has repeatedly launched invective at America´s partners in the Atlantic alliance, a cornerstone of European security since World War II, accusing them of freeloading on the United States for defense. Trump called those commitments a major victory; they were first made in 2014. "I'm a very stable genius".

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Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Mr. Trump. In a tweet Tuesday, he said: "Will they reimburse the US?" "I am very happy that we are today united in freedom as the federal republic".

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, who was on the trip, said in an interview that he had particular concerns about the possibility of Russian media entities misreporting the outcome of any one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin.

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