'A great meeting': Trump wants North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double defence spending

US President Donald Trump walks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as he arrives to attend the NATO summit in Brussels

US President Donald Trump walks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as he arrives to attend the NATO summit in Brussels

"It is very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes and pays out billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", the President said.

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.

President Donald Trump went on a rampage against Germany at a summit breakfast, saying the country is "totally controlled by Russian Federation".

"Germans need to do more and can afford to do more", on defense spending, said Simakovsky, but "you can make it harder to meet that threshold when Trump is so unpopular". "There is a great collegial atmosphere in that room, that I don't think they've had for many years".

Duda said he would be "shocked" if Trump made any move would decrease the region's security.

The alliance lists the U.S.as spending an estimated 3.5 percent of its GDP on its military budget this year.

It was only last month that after a disastrous G-7 summit, Trump signed a joint communiqué with other allies and then changed his mind while flying home. Allies would be increasing spending by $33 billion or more, he added.

Trump took his war of words with America's allies to a new level Wednesday, telling NATO's top official that Germany is "captive" to Russian Federation due to a recent energy deal.

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US President Donald Trump has shocked allies at a fraught North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit by suddenly demanding that members double their defence spending commitments.

Trump has ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks - including in 3 separate tirades on Twitter on Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10 - making the summit one of the most hard in years for the military alliance that has underpinned European security since World War II.

There, he announced that Canada will assume command of a new NATO training mission in Iraq - a deployment of 250 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, aimed in part at staving off Trump's complaints that Canada and other NATO allies are not doing enough to contribute to their NATO defence commitments.

"They are spending at a much faster clip; they are going up to the 2 percent level", Trump said.

Praising new initiatives to build capacity, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg estimated that as much as 266 billion additional US dollars would be spent by European allies and Canada on defense by 2024.

Representative John Curtis wanted to get his thoughts in print prior to President Donald Trump's trip to Europe, so he published an editorial in the Deseret News.

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