North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders gather for summit

President Trump meets with British Prime Minister Johnson on sidelines of U.N. General Assembly in New York City

President Trump meets with British Prime Minister Johnson on sidelines of U.N. General Assembly in New York City

"We're fighting for the American people", he said, adding that NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg had personally credited him for pushing more countries to increase their aid to the alliance. "It was to a point where I don't think they could have gotten on much longer", Trump said.

But Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson will still be nervous that Trump's presence will hurt him in the closing stages of the British election campaign.

Asked whether the U.S. alliance with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was shaky, Trump denied it, but said: "I do see France breaking off ..."

Europe, Turkey and Canada will pledge $400 billion in defence spending by 2024, aiming to placate Trump who has long said USA allies need to spend more on the collective defence.

"We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn't want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter", Trump said.

Corbyn has also emphasized fears many Britons have that plans for a free-trade deal with the US could harm their National Health Service (NHS). Johnson has denied the accusation.

President Trump arrived in London, just days after the terror incident on the London Bridge on Friday, Nov. 29, and as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is embroiled in a national election scheduled on December 12. Johnson is also set to host talks on Syria with Macron, Merkel and Erdogan later Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron reviews the troops during a ceremony for the 13 French soldiers killed in Mali, Dec.2, 2019 at the Invalides monument in Paris.

"It's a tough statement, though, when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to essentially 28, including them, 28 countries", Trump had told reporters. Nevertheless, Trump said the alliance was important.

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Macron's comments came in an interview with the London-based magazine The Economist published last month. Previously, he has repeatedly criticised what he calls the lack of equal "burden-sharing" by NATO's European members.

All NATO members agreed in 2014 to move toward spending two per cent of their national gross domestic products - a measure of a country's total economic output - on defence, a target to be reached within a decade.

"For Latvia, I can say the transatlantic bond - that means Europe and Canada and the USA - are the cornerstones of our defence politics and of our foreign politics", he said. Several NATO members condemned Turkey's decision to launch an offensive into northeastern Syria against the Kurdish YPG militia.

The summit comes as Trump faces an impeachment investigation back home.

The Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives haven't brought the trade deal up for a vote amid concerns about enforcing environmental and labour standards on Mexican employers. But sometimes he'll say things he shouldn't say, and sometimes I'll disagree with his policies with respect to France. Nixon stepped down a few weeks later.

Trump hit numerous same notes that he hits regularly in White House lawn press sprays and on Twitter, but what makes this event unique is that it flouts the accepted "water's edge" decorum to not discuss domestic politics while on foreign soil.

Trump is also scheduled to meet with members of the royal family later Tuesday.

The US chief is due to defend a substitute of bilateral conferences alongside the predominant summit over two days, and to support dinner with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

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