Trump Claims Victory at NATO Summit, Boasts of U.S. Weapons Sales

GETTYBenjamin Netanyahu and Abbas of Palestine expected to meet Putin

GETTYBenjamin Netanyahu and Abbas of Palestine expected to meet Putin

"NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago", President Trump said.

We welcome the central role played by the NATO-Georgia Commission and the Annual National Programme over the past decade in deepening political dialogue and cooperation between NATO and Georgia, the Brussels Summit Declaration reads.

The mercurial tycoon said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday "may be the easiest" part of his European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century". "But I'm going to a pretty hot spot right now - right? - with a lot of resignations".

"The final declaration has been signed by all 29 members of the alliance, including the United States", the French minister noted.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", said Trump, who began a four-day visit to Britain on Thursday.

When pressed to explain Trump's claims he credited the president with a "new sense of urgency" among allies to "redouble our efforts" to increase defence spending, but did not report any new cash or time commitments.

"We made a tremendous amount of progress today since previous year", Trump said during a surprise news conference Thursday.

Following Trump's press conference, French President Emmanuel Macron denied that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members had agreed to increase their defense spending past 2 percent. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

Trump: "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy at what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

After leading allies to believe that the USA might abandon its commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, President Trump reversed course at an impromptu press conference.

"I'm sorry, they're for White House staff", they were told as they tried to grab vacant seats at the front. They're happy to do it.

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation". But several leaders said the gathering produced no new spending commitments. 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.

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. Doc seems to agree with our president that the getting the short end of the deal by spending significantly more on defense than our allies.

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