North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gets ready for an inevitable battle with Donald Trump

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"The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!" Because of me, they've raised about $40bn over the past year.

Leaders will be keen to hear more about Trump's military approach to Afghanistan, which he revamped last August to include a surge in air strikes to force Taliban militants to the negotiating table.

The U.S., which spent $685.9 billion on defense in 2017, now makes up 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP.

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.

"And frankly maybe everyone is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation".

He continued that attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

Addressing a question about his consistency - and whether he might have less glowing comments about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on his Twitter account, Trump said, "No, that's other people that do that, I don't".

"I think once the trend started changing in 2014, that created momentum even before he became president", says American University's Martin. A Tunisian reporter asked Trump about Middle East peace, and Trump assured, "We're looking for peace, and Africa is on our very strong list".

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Mr Trump spoke to journalists on Thurday after playing golf at the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire. While the many thousands are expected to line the streets and protest against Trump, politicians have become involved too.

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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.

Trump's comments came in a wide-ranging news conference after attending a special meeting on defense spending. But after a day of Trump throwing political hand grenades at Germany, he and Merkel gave a cool and cordial read out of their private meeting.

"We must cut off all funding the regime uses to fund terrorism & proxy wars", Pompeo said in a Twitter post ahead of a scheduled meeting with the European Union's foreign affairs and security policy representative, Federica Mogherini, in Brussels.

When asked if he was anxious that the Putin-Trump meeting could have negative consequences for Poland, Duda said he expected Trump to continue the US stance of supporting Poland. "I am very happy that we are today united in freedom as the federal republic".

Merkel responded with equally sedate remarks.

Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed.

Trump wound up submitting to something he has eschewed on US soil: an extensive news conference.

After Trump's cordial reception of Merkel in the afternoon, it seemed Trump avoided the kind of diplomatic disaster he set in motion at the G7 in June. "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2 percent commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4 commitment!" "But they're feeling a lot of pain right now", Trump said. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".

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