Trump says ready to help some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states buy USA arms


After raising the threat of the US leaving NATO, Trump said on Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America's allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments "very substantially".

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked.

On both matters, Republican senators said they agreed with Trump's message. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP.

He added: "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

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

While it has boosted defense spending the past two years, Germany, like about half the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, does not plan to reach 2 percent by 2024.

This is not the first time the U.S. leader has heaped praise on his own intellect.

"The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing", Merkel said. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

Speaking in Brussels, he told reporters: "Yesterday, I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment". "I just want fairness for the United States".

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".

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"They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before", Trump said, adding that "now we're very happy".

Trump brushed off the protests, saying, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom. And yet, he came into the news conference and declared victory", Bays said.

Chris Wallace announced Thursday that he will interview Russian President Vladimir Putin after Monday's summit with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland.

"That's a big difference", Trump said.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump as saying "I'll do my own thing" if spending is not immediately increased. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it".

The first day of the summit meeting also illustrated the ways in which Trump's foreign policy approach matched up with his domestic political strategy.

"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests.

'And I told them today the EU - the European Union - better be very careful because immigration is taking over Europe and they'd better be very, very careful.

With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with NATO's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy".