North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to up defence spending

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Trump, in a series of tweets from Brussels, said that, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation". "He may be the only one, but that's okay with me", he told reporters as the summit began. "Trump's performance was beyond belief".

"He attacks Germany for making a deal with Russian Federation - on his way to make a deal with Russian Federation". "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the Associated Press. "Maybe one day he could be my friend". It doesn't make any sense. As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago". Trump tweeted this morning before the second day of talks.

"They've made tremendous success and congratulate you", Trump said as he sat across from Merkel.

Trump poured fuel on the Brexit fire just hours before he was due to land there, saying he was not sure that Britons had voted for the Brexit plan presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has triggered a British cabinet rebellion.

On Thursday, the American president was reported to have arrived late at a closed session Thursday morning, on the second day of the summit, and disrupted talks with the Presidents of Ukraine and Georgia regarding the accession of their nations to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, in order to slam allies on defense spending shortfalls.

One NATO diplomat went as far as to credit Trump for spearheading discussions on burden-sharing - ignoring the President's tendency to misrepresent statistics in order to bolster his argument. "They like me a lot in the U.K".

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending.

Trump singled out Germany on Wednesday when he accused them of being "totally" controlled by Russian Federation because Russia provides a large share of their oil and natural gas.

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He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations reach their goal to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!" The only time it's been invoked was for the United States, after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him". It took a third question from Blitzer - "so that is a yes?" - before Haber responded with a definitive "yes". "I'm a very stable genius", Trump said. "No doubt was cast on the credibility of Article 5". "All the allies agree we have to make good on the commitments we made".

Trump: "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy at what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

The outdoor arrival ceremony at Blenheim - Trump wore a tuxedo and first lady Melania Trump a butter-yellow, chiffon off-the-shoulder gown - was a grand affair marked by a military band in bearskin hats, hundreds of business leaders in black tie and gorgeous setting sunlight. Many have already settled their 2019 budgets and the sums involved are enormous - even if they wanted to, many would struggle to make useful purchases.

"The summit should send a strong signal to Putin, and not show strong differences between allies. We would prefer a different situation", a third senior European diplomat told CNN.

"But we're not anxious about it".

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said flatly that he agreed "no increase in spending" beyond that previously agreed by Rome, which past year spent 1.1 percent on defence and is labouring under heavy debts that severely limit its options.

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