North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit to focus on Afghan conflict on second day

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

According to CNN, he said: "I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially. I made clear that we are on this path", Merkel said. "NATO", he added, "is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "more co-ordinated" and there's a "better spirit for NATO" - surprising sentiments considering Trump has long made his disdain for the alliance well known, and had even threatened to pull the USA out of the alliance over the spending dispute.

The French President said: There is a communique that was published yesterday.

He added: "It confirms the goal of 2 per cent by 2024".

He had thrown the summit into crisis by demanding countries meet a spending target of 2 per cent of gross domestic product immediately, instead of by 2024, and to eventually double spending to 4 per cent.

Trump also singled out Germany over its low-levels of defense spending - it now spends 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense - and renewed his criticism of a controversial gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russian Federation made a day earlier.

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense.

Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian premier who Trump said gave him "total credit" for a successful summit, told reporters: "We had a very frank and open discussion ..."

"Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitments, they've agreed to up it to levels that they have never thought of before". "And you'll be seeing that and I guess you'll be hearing that a little bit later".

Another diplomatic source said that a "special session on burden sharing is ongoing".

He vowed to bring up Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections, which his campaign is accused of colluding in.

The summit came as transatlantic ties are already under strain due to United States trade tariffs, along with fears that Trump's summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin will pull him further from Nato's orbit.

In the UK, Trump will spend time with the Queen and the Prime Minister before flying to Scotland to spend the weekend at his golf resort.

"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said.

It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.

Questioned repeatedly about Trump's unpredictable demands, Macron injected a note of gravity, underlining that NATO's work is important, that it involves the lives of men and women - U.S. Corporal Joseph Maciel from California was killed in an insider attack in southern Afghanistan last weekend - and must not be taken lightly.

"Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting 60-70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline", Trump said to reporters Wednesday morning, calling the alleged dependence on Russian energy "inappropriate".

"Nobody knows when Trump is doing global diplomacy and when he is doing election campaigning in Montana", Frederiksen said, Politico reported. I mean, it's one of those things.

During his own news conference Thursday, Trump was asked how he would increase pressure on Canada, Germany and Italy if any of the three failed to meet the two per cent target.

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