Speaking at a news conference before leaving Brussels, Trump said he would "of course" raise the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election but continued to strike a friendly tone toward Putin, saying he considered him more a "competitor" than an enemy. Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment. But Mr Trump seemed satisfied they had agreed to meet the target soon.
"There was a communiqué released yesterday it was very detailed and I invite you to read it". It shows the measures approved by all the member states. "So he knows what he's signed up to", Macron said.
This comes after Trump sharply criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending at least 2% of their gross domestic product on military defense and accused Germany of being held captive by Russian, from which it imports natural gas. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".
"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially", Trump told reporters.
"President Trump, never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters. "I mean, I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom, I think they agree with me on immigration".
Most had written off the day as much duller than the previous - when the US President had lambasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a captive of Russian Federation.More news: There’s only 1 Blockbuster store left
After a week in which he had insulted allies and questioned the value of NATO, Trump-flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton-gave an impromptu news conference at NATO headquarters Thursday morning before leaving Brussels.
For many of those present, Trump's demands that they move closer to the 3.6 percent of GDP Washington spends on the world's most powerful military make little sense.
Trump told The Sun newspaper on Thursday - in an interview that was published as he was feted by May at an opulent welcome dinner at a country palace - that he felt unwelcome in London because of protests, including a giant balloon that was being flown over Parliament on Friday depicting him as an angry diaper-wearing baby.
Referring to an ongoing investigation into ties between his election campaign and Russian Federation, he decried a "rigged witch-hunt" that was hurting the United States and its relationship with Russian Federation.
Stoltenberg did note that more than $40 billion had been added to defense budgets since Trump came to office.
The NATO summit was an opportunity to follow up on EU-NATO cooperation. But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money. And should there be a discussion of raising it? - which is something that President Trump has suggested, as you say - raising it to say 4 percent.More news: US forces European Union into buying LNG
Hours later, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met privately and discussed the pipeline, each reaffirming the partnership between the USA and Germany.
"Germany has agreed to do a lot better than they were doing, and we're very happy with that", Trump said, without going into specifics. The US embassy in London has already advised US citizens there to "keep a low profile" during Trump's visit and to "be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent".
Earlier, Trump dictated his concerns on Twitter.
Still, Trump will travel through London, participating in a meet-and-greet with diplomatic personnel at the United States embassy and staying overnight at the USA ambassador's residence in the city. He and first lady Melania Trump will also have tea with Queen Elizabeth II.
The fresh indictments related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe come amid Trump's United Kingdom visit, and just hours after he once again called the investigation a "witch hunt". The official said there was fear that Trump could repeat his performance at the Group of Seven summit last month, when he pulled his consent from the closing declaration in a fit of pique after first agreeing to it.
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