Donald Trump again says he’s a ‘very stable genius’ at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Summit in Brussels Belgium

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Summit in Brussels Belgium

Including that commitment, however, Canada's current defence spending plans are only expected to bring it to 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2024 - well short of the Wales target.

Indeed, very little happened in Brussels that had not been planned well in advance; apart from Trump sparking an unscheduled discussion about defence spending.

Mr. Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were ever attacked.

"NATO", he added, "is much stronger now than it was two days ago". I've convinced the others to increase their military spending.

It is understood that he demanded that they all reach the threshold by 2021 but has yet to make headway on a further demand that this is then double to four percent of GDP.

But public reassurances about the strength of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have done little to ease the sense of unease that has been building among the US' closest allies, particularly as Trump continued to single out Germany. Trump: "The additional money that they're willing to put up has been really unbelievable ... "

"Every time this president has had to push back on Russian Federation, he has", she argued, citing sanctions on Russian Federation, expulsion of diplomats, strikes on the Assad regime in Syria and a refusal to recognize the annexation of Crimea. This NATO source suggested that Trump will go into his meeting with Putin with a stronger hand if the NATO alliance is also strong.

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said, "There's a great collegial spirit in that room that I don't think they've had in many years".

As he flew off to the United Kingdom on Thursday for the next leg of his European tour, it was left to President Emmanuel Macron of France to correct the record following Trump's freewheeling press conference in which he claimed to have pushed allies into new defence spending commitments.

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"Since President Trump was in Brussels last spring allies have added 41 billion extra for defence spending".

Another NATO diplomat said Trump trampled on protocol by pointing at some leaders he said were not spending enough and addressing Merkel by her first name, referring to her as "you, Angela".

"I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany, and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions - and that's very good".

". It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki". Instead, they said, members reaffirmed the need to stay on track with military-budget increases that have already been underway and were branded insufficient by Trump a day earlier. I would say Brexit is Brexit.

Trump had opened the first day of talks in Brussels on Wednesday with a public diatribe against Germany, the second biggest state in the Western defense alliance, criticizing its reliance on Russian gas imports and failure to spend more on defense.

The US leader has specifically singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday".

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

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