Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

Conservative writer Shermichael Singleton defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller "further away" ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE's understanding of worldwide alliances on Friday after the president's tumultuous North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit this week.

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at US President Donald Trump for taunting Germany as "Russia's captive" for its alleged overdependence on Moscow for energy saying Berlin took its independent decisions, the Kremlin also lashed out at the American president over the same, saying Trump said so to bully Europe into buying its own energy, Reuters reported. Some NATO allies had not exactly heard the same conclusions as Trump around the table, and French President Emmanuel Macron immediately poured cold water on Trump's spending ambitions for other allies. "That's all." In the end, leaders left with an awkward consensus, after hours in which Trump had been so aggressive in his approach with allies that reports made the rounds that he might pull the US out.

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said.

"I just don't know him very well". "After we're at 2 percent, we'll start talking about going higher".

As for what he and Putin will discuss, Trump said Syria will be a main topic, as will Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House. I mean, it's one of those things. "And you'll be seeing that and I guess you'll be hearing that a little bit later".

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"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests.

Unlike his predecessors, Trump will hold several of his key meetings outside of London, participating in a formal arrival ceremony and attending a dinner with UK Prime Minister Theresa May outside of London, in Oxfordshire. "I mean, I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom, I think they agree with me on immigration".

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

"Putin is not our friend nor merely a competitor", McCain said via Twitter.

Trump has long complained that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members were not meeting their fiscal obligations to the alliance, reports CNN. "He chose to attack our election & undermine democracies around the world".

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