North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding

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Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong - in part because of promises from America's allies to boost their military budgets to 2 percent of their gross domestic product. "The commitment was 2%, ultimately it will be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality", she planned to say.

Mr Trump's early-morning tweets from Brussels had been typically critical.

US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking to members of the media on July 10. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a prime target of Trump over two raucous days.

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That tension seemed to calm during a gala dinner but that did not last. And when he did, he soon used his turn to speak to stray from the scheduled topic and to return to his budget complaints in even stronger language. "Indeed, we're increasing it by 70 per cent over the next decade", Trudeau said.

As the drama unfolded NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg cleared the room of many officials and the invited leaders of non-members Georgia and Afghanistan so that the other 28 leaders could hold a closed session with the president.

"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", Trump said at his press conference. He chose to invade Ukraine & annex Crimea. "I think it is a horrific thing that's being done when you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany primarily. into the coffers of Russia", Trump said at a news conference on Friday after talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure.

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"Germany is the largest economy in the EU".

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.

In Trump's telling, unity was ultimately restored by a new commitment he wrung out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners to increase their military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget. "There's new sense of urgency, and all allies agreed to redouble their efforts".

"The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing", Merkel said.

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But Macron responded that "the communique is clear: it reaffirms the commitment to two percent (of GDP on defence spending) for 2024". Corker's foreign relations committee also voted for a pro-NATO measure on Wednesday.

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