Poland's Duda says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation money helps his region

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2018

Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russian Federation has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by NATO allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russian Federation probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE said Thursday that other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) agreed to "substantially up" their defense spending commitments.

Merkel said it was very important to have such exchanges like the meeting she and Trump were having because "after all, we are partners".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "really stepped up their commitment and stepped it up like they never have before", he added, saying the total spending amount could reach $40 billion and would be officially announced later in the day.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom... and that we can therefore also say that we conduct independent policies and can take independent decisions".

Mr Trump said countries needed to "step up, not over a 10-year period, they have to step up immediately" adding that other United States presidents had raised the issue but "did not do anything about it". "And maybe it's not but I think meeting with people is great". On Thursday, Trump said he wasn't troubled by the planned protests.

Germany, Europe's richest country, spends just 1.24% on defense, and it's an unpopular topic there.

He also said that he has hope for what the allies can do to marginalize Putin, even if Trump refuses to.

That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, and it was not clear what allies would spend the money on.

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Overall purchases climbed on a higher intake of crude from Mexico, the United States and Azerbaijan. The sources declined to be identified since they are not authorised to speak to the media.

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of four percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States' own spending on defence.

US President Donald Trump says he'll raise election meddling and arms control when he and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet next week.

In fact, the 29 members each pay a portion of NATO's annual US$3-billion operating budget based on the size of their economies.

Officials at the meeting said Trump broke with diplomatic protocol by addressing German Chancellor Angela Merkel by her first name, telling her: "Angela, you need to do something about this".

The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the U.S. president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around.

Mr Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" and that allies were "going to up it at levels they've never seen before".

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

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