Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending


Mr. Trump said he would be discussing the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, as well as allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. "The United States has wasted $5.6 trillion on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with nothing to show for it", she said.

Tusk said that when Trump meets Putin afterwards in Helsinki, he should remember "who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem". "I'm a very stable genius", he said.

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on paper the summit was a success because of binding commitments to present a plan for increased defense spending and the development of the long-awaited Southern Strategy.

She said that Trump raised the topic of better burden-sharing and more spending by Germany, "as has been discussed for months", and that, "we made clear that we're on the way".

French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte explained that it was not possible to mobilise funding outside the agreed national budgets.

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One of the officials said the meeting takes place against the backdrop of Trump threatening allies to "go it alone" unless they agree to increase their defense budget immediately.

France now spends around 1.8% of GDP on defence.

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

Mr Trump had opened the first day of talks in Brussels yesterday with a public diatribe against Germany, the second biggest state in the Western defence alliance, before the mood appeared to have calmed as the summit went into its second day, focusing on operations beyond Europe.

US President Donald Trump has raised the stakes for his European allies' defence spending from 2% to 4% of GDP, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told a small group of Bulgarian journalists at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday (11 July).

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"The language was much tougher today", one source told Reuters. He targeted Germany in particular and referred to "Angela" a couple of times, saying something to the effect that she can do more.

"The United States continues to devote more resources to the defence of Europe when the Continent's economy, including Germany's, are doing well and security challenges abound", Trump wrote to German chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reported. "Somebody was saying 'is he an enemy?' He's not my enemy".

He also reportedly said that if the accelerated target - which was originally agreed for 2024 - is not honored the USA would "do our own thing", sources told the New York Times and Washington Post.

Mr Trump said he would raise issues of arms control, extending new start treaty, and Russian Federation violations of INF treaty in Putin talks.

As NBC News' Peter Alexander points out, "Even the United States doesn't spend 4%". What the material-the equipment that we make is so far superior, everybody wants to buy our equipment.

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