Donald Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members will ‘substantially’ increase defence spending

Trump shakes hands with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington

"They've raised an additional $33 billion that's been put up by the various countries, not including the U.S. And the U.S. commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very strong".

After raising the threat of the USA leaving NATO, Trump said on Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America's allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments "very substantially".

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today", he said.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, " Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending.

In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop previous year".

Trump scolded leaders here and criticized some countries, including Germany and Spain, for failing to contribute more to their defenses and for relying too heavily on the largesse of the United States.

"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said.

In remarks later during the summit, however, President Trump increased pressure on allies over burden sharing, calling on allies to double defense spending targets to 4 percent, the White House confirmed. "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany", he added, saying he had raised his concerns about a new gas pipeline planned from Russian Federation to Germany.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit.

But French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters the alliance had not agreed to anything new during the meeting.

The president continues to turn decades of American diplomacy on its head, says former US ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

When asked about the footage, Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kelly was simply "displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese", the Washington Post reported. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the United States president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

President Donald Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, shifted in his seat and despondently looked away as Trump called Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation.

Around eight members of the 29-country military alliance are expected to reach the 2 per cent target this year.

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

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