Trump Says NATO Members Agreed to 'Substantially Up' Contributions

Justin Trudeau at the second annual Kokanee Summit in Creston in 2000. A local reporter at the time says that Trudeau groped her

Justin Trudeau at the second annual Kokanee Summit in Creston in 2000. A local reporter at the time says that Trudeau groped her. Handout

Hurt said he suspicious of the timing and suspects it was meant to hurt Trump before his upcoming meeting with Putin.

Mr Trump is annoyed because only the US, Britain, Estonia and Greece now meet the two per cent target, with America spending the most at 3.5 per cent. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".

Trump said the allies "made a tremendous amount of progress" and "they really stepped up their commitment and stepped it up like they never have before".

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.

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Trump is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin - who has denied election meddling - in Helsinki on Monday for a summit that includes a one-on-one meeting with only interpreters present.

"We have to start thinking about how we create societies that look at different stories as opportunities to learn and grow within your societies, rather than trying to keep the challenges of the world outside of your borders".

Canada did agree to the two per cent benchmark in Wales, but the Trudeau government's spending projections show plans to reach only 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2024.

Trump said he does not anticipate a "Perry Mason" moment when he confronts Putin on the issue, a reference to a decades-old USA television courtroom drama, and he predicted Putin would continue to deny the allegations.

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Trump has been pushing for the 29 allied nations that make up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to speed up their commitment to increasing defence spending to two per cent of GDP - a goal set in 2014 with a 10-year deadline. "I'm very glad that today we are united in freedom. because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Trump's next stop will be London, where he'll be meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump criticized her strategy on cutting ties to the European Union, cast doubt on whether he was willing to negotiate a new trade deal between Britain and the United States and praised May's political rival Boris Johnson.

"You know, the two per cent was a range, a goal, it wasn't something they were committed to. And you'll be seeing that and I guess you'll be hearing that a little bit later". The important thing now is that we need to invest more - we need to get more money. I think it's something that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has to look at.

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Following Thursday's emergency session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, Trump declared the military alliance to be "very unified, very strong, no problem".

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