"US Not Treated Fairly But I believe In NATO", Says Trump

NATO Alliance Summit in Brussels

"He suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 percent of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4 percent", Sarah Sanders told reporters.

He did not immediately say what those commitments consisted of.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels ahead of the two-day summit, Trump complained that Russian Federation enjoyed undue influence over Germany thanks to "inappropriate" oil and gas deals. The moment sent "everyone into a tailspin", according to one diplomat briefed on the morning's events.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during their bilateral breakfast, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The officials said Trump threatened to "do his own thing". "So I think [Trump] has every justification for saying it". He added: "The people have stepped up today" as they never have before.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, " Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending. There was a great collegial spirit in that room ... Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

"Germany is one of our closest allies", he pointed out. But the couple of times that I've gotten to meet him, we got along well.

"They are spending at a much faster clip; they are going up to the 2 percent level", Trump said. He said leaders committed to go to their parliaments to obtain the spending increases.

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"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24%, compared with 3.5% for the US.

The number that the president mentioned - 2 percent of countries' GDP - was in fact a main product of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meetings four years ago, when member nations pledged to either maintain the threshold or to meet it by 2024 - a deadline that seemingly still stands after this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation sessions. "They pay only a fraction of their cost".

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session.

Before he visits with Putin, Trump will visit London and the United Kingdom - where many large protests are planned against his policies. "And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them". Trump's suggestion was informal and made in a closed-door session of on Wednesday, but it did little to ease tensions at an already charged meeting. "He is trying to make everyone look weak and doesn't understand how all the moving parts work".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on American allies on Thursday to help impose economic pressure on Iran, and accused Tehran of continuing to sell weapons in the Middle East despite United Nations resolutions.

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