Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in 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

At a hastily arranged news conference before leaving Brussels, he said, "I let them [NATO members] know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening".

Just a few hours before he was due to leave for Britain, Mr Trump had more to say apparently - and he said it.

Trump claimed a personal victory at the summit after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington's support.

"I believe through strength you get peace", he said.

"They actually thanked me for meeting with President Putin", he said.

Chris Wallace announced Thursday that he will interview Russian President Vladimir Putin after Monday's summit with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland.

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London.

And not long after, French President Emmanuel Macron said no-one had agreed to any figure higher than what was in the leaders' communique - 2 per cent by 2024 - a leaders' statement that Donald Trump had signed the day before.

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A new poll shows that a plurality of Germans favor a drawdown of USA troops, and only 15 percent believe that Germany should raise its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP.

On Wednesday, Mattis was a silent witness at a series of meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where Trump berated and argued with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others.

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.

Trump was whisked away to an oasis of warm greetings at a black-tie reception at Blenheim, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership. In response, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official said Tbilisi would join the alliance after meeting all of the necessary requirements, stressing that the members of the alliance should first reach a consensus on a Membership Action Plan for the country.

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked. It will be Trump's first working visit to the United Kingdom since he became President, and massive protests in London are expected.

Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the two per cent guideline within a decade.

Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the United States out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

He may have got his way again - but what of Donald Trump's standing among the leaders?

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