North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in 2014 committed to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defence by 2024, but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has estimated that only 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.
"Sometimes if I didn't know better, I might say that we are purposefully trying to destabilize the Western alliance and turn the world upside down", he said. That's "70 to 90 percent to protect Europe", said President Trump. Heads of state signed a communique in which they "reaffirm our unwavering commitment to all aspects of the Defence Investment Pledge agreed at the 2014 Wales summit".
It remains to be seen whether Trump really meant it about consistency, when it comes to soccer, however. He said the US commitment to the 29-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization remains very strong and cited "the additional money they will be putting up" and "the level of spirit in that room" during the meetings.
The faces of the Russian tourists, and their Estonian hosts, looked perfectly at ease as they greeted one another at the port and in the city-much more so than the European statesmen who were forced this week to welcome President Trump.
After an opening day of summit talks marked by clashes between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO leaders had hoped to focus on policy on Ukraine and Afghanistan.
Trump insisted that he would bring up key subjects including Syria, although he once again failed to rule out recognising Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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He said the US "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that members meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"
"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. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"
Brussels may dismiss this as typical Trumpian bluster, but my sense is that Trump is not bluffing.
Around eight members of the 29-country military alliance are expected to reach the 2 per cent target this year.
Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour.
Trump poured fuel on the Brexit fire just hours before he was due to land there, saying he was not sure that Britons had voted for the Brexit plan presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has triggered a British cabinet rebellion.
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"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route. Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitment".
Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".
On spending, he said "we are stepping up as never before, allowing U.S. spending to go down", and there was a "new sense of urgency due to president Trump's strong leadership on defence spending".
He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".
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