North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders interpret Trump's verbal lashing on spending

Trump Germany held captive by Russia

Following an emergency session at the alliance headquarters in Brussels to discuss his demands, the US President said the other members have agreed an unprecedented increase in defence spending. Two thirds have national plans in place to spend 2% of GDP on defence by 2024.

Speaking at a news conference before leaving Brussels, Trump said he would "of course" raise the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election but continued to strike a friendly tone toward Putin, saying he considered him more a "competitor" than an enemy.

"We understand this U.S. president is very serious about defence spending and this is having an impact", Stoltenberg said.

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century".

Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the two per cent guideline within a decade.

Poland's President Andrzej Duda dismissed this fear, telling reporters he and Trump on Wednesday even discussed the USA increasing its military presence in Poland. "It's been unbelievable to see the level of spirit in that room". Reuters reported Trump had not threatened to quit the Alliance but had harshly rebuked his partners.

Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and they did ask me if they could buy the military equipment, and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit", he told a news conference.

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"I think it's fair to say that here in my office the team recognized what was coming and the importance of speaking out on it from my perspective and from the district's perspective", Curtis told Fox 13.

When pressed to explain Trump's claims he credited the president with a "new sense of urgency" among allies to "redouble our efforts" to increase defence spending, but did not report any new cash or time commitments. Instead, they said, members reaffirmed the need to stay on track with military-budget increases that have already been underway and were branded insufficient by Trump a day earlier.

Wallace, who has a reputation for peppering guests with tough questions, will raise the issue of Russian interference in the presidential election - as will Trump.

Trump had explicitly linked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with a transatlantic trade row by saying the European Union shut out U.S. business while expecting America to defend it, singling out Germany for particular criticism.

But at the end of the summit, Stoltenberg said the figure was $41 billion, and was contained in a paper published before the summit, which suggests that no new money was going to be committed. United States officials say the new pipeline will increase Germany's Russian imports, and subsequently reliance on Russian energy.

In 2011, when the USA was still heavily involved in Afghanistan and Iraq, defence spending was at 4.78% of GDP. "That I can't tell you, but I'm not happy about Crimea".

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