Trump says US commitment to NATO remains strong despite criticism

Francois Mori  AP

Francois Mori AP

A White House spokeswoman said his remarks came as he was urging leaders to increase their outlays on defence and were not a formal proposal.

"I think he has to expect they're going to deny, deny everything", the South Dakotan said.

In response, the Twitter account of Russia's foreign ministry said they would be turning their attention to the World Cup instead of NATO's allegations.

Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans.

At a time when the USA needs its European allies the most to combat aggression from Russian Federation, he reportedly continues to antagonize them with rhetoric like he used at the summit.

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Trump demanded by public tweet that members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization "must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" for their military efforts.

Trump wound up submitting to something he has eschewed on USA soil: an extensive news conference. But he noted that President Barack Obama had raised the issue in the past, securing the 2024 target date in 2014, and did so using diplomacy rather that "bombast and demagoguery".

Trump had made similar comments ahead of his visit and has always been critical of the transatlantic alliance, prompting concerns that President Trump will undermine it, CNN reported.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Poland's President Andrzej Duda, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, U.S. President Donald Trump, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pose for a group photo in the park of the Cinquantenaire, during a NATO Summit, in central Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018. "We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against". Most recently, he became chairman of Rosneft, which is Russia's largest oil company and controlled by the Kremlin.

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"Not acceptable!" he railed before a day of events that will include meetings with the leaders of Azerbaijan, Romania, Ukraine and Georgia before he heads to his next stop: the United Kingdom.

Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. "All I can do is say 'Did you?' and 'Don't do it again'".

Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May. "I think it's fine", he said.

He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

"What's more surprising, the fact that the President Trump is calling them out on that or that previous presidents haven't?" he asked.

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