Trump claims credit for defence boost after reportedly threatening to quit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Trump claims credit for defence boost after reportedly threatening to quit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, on Thursday he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on paper the summit was a success because of binding commitments to present a plan for increased defense spending and the development of the long-awaited Southern Strategy.

Only the USA, U.K., Poland, Estonia and Greece contribute at or above the 2 percent threshold. Wednesday's agreement, he said, "confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations,"said Sanders".

Regarding Trump's summit with Putin, Johnson said that "meeting with an adversary is not necessarily a bad idea".

"Due to threats that are ever-changing, Congress must be informed with respect to allied contributions to the common defense to properly assess the readiness of the United States and allied nations for threats", according to the bill's text. Just a few years ago we were cutting our defense budgets.

In response, the Twitter account of Russia's foreign ministry said they would be turning their attention to the World Cup instead of NATO's allegations.

Credit for those added billions is being claimed fully by the USA president.


The Pentagon in the late 1990s had compiled a similar report but has not produced another one in years.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel later responded defiantly, saying: "I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good". "He may be the only one, but that's okay with me", he told reporters as the summit began.

Trump's comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin.

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. After locking horns over tariffs and trade at the G7 summit in Canada in June, the United States president left the meeting and immediately withdrew his endorsement of the joint communiqué en route to Singapore to meet with dictator Kim Jong Un. "Because I said it was unfair".

Merkel stressed that Germany is NATO's second-biggest contributor when it comes to troops.

The feud over defense spending looks set to overshadow other business at the two-day summit.

Mr Trump said that once all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations were up to 2% of GDP on defence spending "we will talk about going higher", adding that he thought 4% was the "right number".

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