U.S. President Donald Trump closed out his chaotic two-day visit to NATO Thursday by declaring victory, claiming that member nations caved to his demands to significantly increase defence spending and reaffirming his commitment to the alliance.
DONALD Trump sowed chaos in Brussels as he demanded other nations massively increase their spending, triggering an emergency budget meeting. But he added that the talks had ended on good terms: "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly". They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before.
Despite Trump's bellicose tweets in the run up to and during the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron called the talks "respectful", adding that France would meet its two percent spending target by 2024.
"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially", he told reporters.
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.
"We took in $33 billion more", Trump said, pointing to increased financial commitments.
"I believe in Nato", Mr Trump told a press conference after a fraught Nato summit in Brussels.
So, after all the "will he, won't he" drag the U.S. out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or punish it by boycotting a military exercise, the situation appeared to remain as it was.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had been talking about Germany spending 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024, recommitted to spending 2 percent spending by that date, the official said.
Schumer, New York Democrat, said the indictments prove Mr. Putin's government interfered with the election - and said Mr. Trump needs to take steps to make clear he understands the gravity of that. I don't. I'm very consistent.
"But ultimately he is a competitor".
Trump's comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin. "I just don't know".
Mr Trump said he would be discussing the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, as well as allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
A year after fueling doubts about whether Washington would defend allies who refuse to pay their fair share, Trump launched into the two-day summit in Brussels by berating Germany, among others.
It was a freewheeling end to an unusual summit that Trump opened Wednesday with a broadside attack on Germany, which he said was "captive to Russia" because of its imports of Russian natural gas.
Journalist Tom Newton Dunn, Trump's interviewer, said the president seemed "sensitive" about the inflatable "Trump baby" being flown over London and its accompanying protests, set for Friday. He also said he expects member states to boost their spending by next year.
Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is concerned that the President's "ad-hoc" style of going into meetings and "winging it" is not appropriate and that the meeting should be called off with Putin. "It was the same wording as a year ago", the official said.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is insisting that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic.
The president spoke a little bit about the meeting with Putin this morning.