Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies agree to boost defense spending

Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies agree to boost defense spending

Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" and that allies were "going to up it at levels they've never seen before".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations have already committed to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence by 2024.

After a tense first day, Trump didn't ease up on the second.

Trump also said he expected Iran to call him one day with an offer to allay U.S. security concerns, saying Tehran was treating Washington with much more respect after he pulled the United States out of a nuclear deal.

Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to.

EU President Donald Tusk stepped up to the fight with his own salvo against Trump on Tuesday, telling him to "appreciate your allies" and reminding him Washington that Europe had come to its aid following the 9/11 attacks.

"I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try)". "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

Freeland also went out of her way not to overstate the newfound simpatico with the Trump administration on this one issue, saying Canada has imposed sanctions on Russian Federation "in close collaboration with our European and US allies".

France spends around 1.8 percent of GDP on defense.

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Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an "exchange of views" with Trump.

At a news conference recently European Council President Donald Tusk had a warning for Trump over his "almost daily" criticisms of Europe's defense spending."Dear President Trump, America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe", Tusk said.

Macron said: There is a communique that was published yesterday. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the Associated Press. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

"We are having a great meeting, we are discussing military expenditure and we are talking about trade". Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really incredible ... "

"We didn't know what to expect, it was a positive outcome", he said of the dinner in a Brussels park, where leaders were treated to an acrobatic display and saxophone music.

Trump adds that he was "extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

A joint summit declaration issued Wednesday underlined NATO's support for Ukraine and its aspirations for membership of the alliance, pending domestic reforms. "I'm a very stable genius".

Trump also touched on Brexit, saying he was not sure that Britons had voted for the plan presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has triggered a British cabinet rebellion.

The Bulgarian President, formerly the commander of the Air Force before being elected head of state on a ticket backed by the opposition socialists, used Trump's statements to take a sideswipe at Bulgaria'scentre-right government, saying that Bulgaria was "reluctant" to allocate funds to the armed forces. Tens of thousands of people are likely to protest in the British capital on Friday, while Trump is outside the city at May's country residence Chequers, before visiting Windsor to meet the Queen.

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