Trump Offers to Help NATO Members Buy US Weapons

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.

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.

Nord Stream 2, they argue, will not only deprive land-transit countries such as Poland and Ukraine of billions in annual transit fees, it will also give Russian Federation a way to penalize Eastern European foes without sacrificing lucrative deals further to the west.

"So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up".

During a meeting with Georgia and Ukraine - two nations that hope to join NATO - Trump turned conversation to his spending concerns, which caused the secretary general to call an emergency budget meeting, according to The New York Times.

But French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters the alliance had not agreed to anything new during the meeting.

"I [also] want to delve into Vladimir Putin and what he wants for his country", said Wallace.

However, the USA president's next destination is London, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and other officials.

As the United Kingdom grapples with its own future in the European Union, I hope that President Trump's visit will help to solidify the long friendship between our two great countries.

Two thirds have national plans in place to spend 2% of GDP on defence by 2024.

He also reportedly said that if the accelerated target - which was originally agreed for 2024 - is not honored the U.S. would "do our own thing", sources told the New York Times and Washington Post.

Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour for this to become a reality".

Bringing chaos with him as he moves across Europe, U.S. President Donald Trump's pomp-filled welcome to Britain was overshadowed Friday by an explosive interview in which he blasted Prime Minister Theresa May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration.

Trump stressed that NATO's budget had been unfair to the United States but now he was sure it would be fair.

It was, therefore, a fudge: intended for an audience that is not interested in the details, which is more or less Trump's electoral base.

Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".

Trump's assertion that Russia is a competitor and not an adversary is contrary to the judgments of USA intelligence agencies and his chief diplomat, Mike Pompeo, who at his April confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State, said the United States needs "to push back in each place we confront them", referring to the Russians. So threatening the integrity of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation plays very well into the hands of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump will meet on Monday.

He may deny it, ' Trump said. I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way.

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