Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Trump has repeatedly said the US was bearing an unfair burden because it spends many times more of its GDP on defence than other NATO countries

Trump has repeatedly said the US was bearing an unfair burden because it spends many times more of its GDP on defence than other NATO countries

The president attacked "delinquent" US allies upon arriving at the summit in his public remarks, returning to old criticism of the alliance centered around foreign nations' contributions to the military organization.

"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said to reporters.

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today", he said.

Citing the alliance's Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, he said, "Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit".

In a statement released late Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much". But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money.

Trump insisted that he would bring up key subjects including Syria, although he once again failed to rule out recognising Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Trump's assertion that Russia is a competitor and not an adversary is contrary to the judgments of U.S. intelligence agencies and his chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, who at his April confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State, said the United States needs "to push back in each place we confront them", referring to the Russians.

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation".

Brussels may dismiss this as typical Trumpian bluster, but my sense is that Trump is not bluffing.

The summit's dramatic, chaotic conclusion - complete with the US president suddenly making demands following a formal communique - bore a striking similarity to Trump's departure from last month's G7 meetings in Quebec. Can they make it for so many people?

"She wanted to go a different route".


When completed, this pipeline will leave Germany and Europe even more deeply reliant on Russian Federation for their energy needs.

Before departing Brussels, Trump upped the ante on the allies, urging that all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations raise the share of their GDPs that they devote to defense to 4 percent.

"That is something we certainly agree with", Trudeau told a news conference.

According to a head of state and several diplomats who spoke with CNN, the president was much more composed and business-like off-camera.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024. Why would a meeting with Putin be easier than a meeting with the allies that we rely on most to be a bulwark against him?"

Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days.

However, the United States president's next destination is London, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and other officials. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

Trump personally criticized May's handling of Brexit, saying that her so-called soft-Brexit approach went "the opposite way" to what he had recommended and that it was "very unfortunate".

THE FACTS: Trump has said this before; it's not true.

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