Donald Trump claims relationship with Theresa May is 'very good'

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Asked if he could accept Russia's annexation with Crimea and still get along with Putin, he said, 'When it comes to Crimea, there's nothing much I have to say about it other than we will look at that just like I'm looking at many disasters that I've taken over'. Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, on Thursday he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when U.S. taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

Radev called for a common North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending policy.

"He might not like the current president, but I represent the United States", Trump said.

Revealing how he had said sorry to Mrs May for the interview row, Mr Trump claimed the prime minister was "a total professional because when I saw her this morning I said "I want to apologise because I said such good things about you".

The unpredictable US president - and his angry demand that allies such as Canada increase their defence spending - was very much the focal point during this week's gathering in Brussels, with memories of last month's disastrous G7 meeting in Quebec still fresh in the minds of many.

When the summit resumed for a session with the leaders of non-members Ukraine and Georgia, Trump failed to appear for almost an hour, officials said.

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And another Tory MP, Anna Soubry, said the president "diminishes the standing of the great country he is meant to lead". Even May's opponents in the Labour Party are taken aback by Trump's actions. "I think he's got what it takes".

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TRUMP: "One of the states we won, Wisconsin _ I didn't even realize this until fairly recently - that was the one state that Ronald Reagan didn't win when he ran the board his second time".

"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".

During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP.

He said: "The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure we can trade and we don't have any restrictions because we want to trade with the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom wants to trade with us".

Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour. Trump said the discussion "was really something".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was forced to call an emergency budget meeting of all the allies to deal with the staggering demand. "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitment".

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"All I can do is say "did you?' and 'don't do it again".

"Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval, and which they will get to go to 2 percent", he said.

On Thursday, Trump told reporters at a press conference in Brussels that to him, Putin, was a "competitor" rather than an enemy.

Asked at a press conference in Brussels if he would confront the Russian leader at their Monday head-to-head about interfering in the 2016 election or other Russian acts created to destabilize the US government or weaken alliances between the USA and its Western allies, Trump demurred.

"In terms of real capability, the alliance has become stronger over the last couple of years", he said.

Soloch said that U.S. sanctions against companies involved in Nord Stream 2 could be in the pipeline.

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