NATO holds emergency session amid Trump demands


"I think we go into that meeting not looking for so much, ' Trump said".

"We made clear that we're on the way", she said. "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".

In his press conference, Trump even seemed to acknowledge that there was no new commitment, though he said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members might spend "at a much faster clip" than before: "We will go to much higher than 2 percent into the future, but right now we're getting people up to 2 percent".

Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the two per cent guideline within a decade. "Not acceptable! All Nato Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

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.

But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money.

First on Trump's agenda was a breakfast with the NATO Secretary General and before the food even came out, Trump was ranting about how the USA funds the protection of all the other NATO countries.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, declaring Wednesday that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

The US leader has specifically singled out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.

"If they do that, then their trade deal with the USA will probably not be made".

Trump arrives in Britain, questioning May's Brexit plan
Trump and the first lady will then have tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in the afternoon. Trump's anti-Muslim campaign stance as "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed Mr Trump's demands for allies which were not hitting the 2pc target to do more.

Around eight members of the 29-country military alliance are expected to reach the 2 per cent target this year.

President Trump says he will discuss Syria and nuclear proliferation with Putin.

From Brussels, Trump heads to England, where May's government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union.

"The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget. "I don't know that is what they voted for".

A US official said Trump would be ready to talk about New Start if Putin raised it, but it was not a big USA priority. "I just want fairness for the United States".

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Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took a more diplomatic approach on the spending row, saying that Trump was having an "impact" while refusing to confirm any increase beyond what was agreed in the statement. And are we really paying too much? Trump's suggestion was informal and made in a closed-door session of on Wednesday, but it did little to ease tensions at an already charged meeting. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

That's because, despite the political rhetoric, Trump - like his other 28 allies - signed a summit communique that had been agreed to by their ambassadors last weekend, five days before the summit began.