Republicans Back From Russia Have Advice for Trump Before Putin Summit

NATO official Expectations for summit low

Officials had been awaiting the first meeting as an indicator of Mr Trump's mood and they soon had their answer.

Says Stoltenberg: "We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defence spending to 2 percent".

"So we have a commitment to spend 2 per cent".

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to significantly boost their defence budgets and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the USA was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the US remains faithful to the accord.

"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday".

"Everybody in the room thanked me", Trump said, adding that eventually the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies will have to increase their contribution to the alliance up to four percent of their gross domestic product.

But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the USA from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.

So, to what new funding commitment is the president referring?

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Thursday, July 6, 2017.

In 2017, the United States spent 3.1 percent of its GDP on defense, while Estonia, Greece, Poland and the United Kingdom stand as the only countries which have crossed the two percent threshold. "So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route". Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment.

During brief remarks to reporters, he mostly praised Trump's approach. Describing the dynamics of the talks, he said, "I was using the term a lot today: burden-sharing". And we made clear, well, I made clear for myself and others also made it clear, that we are on this path, which is in our own interest and can make us overall stronger.

"Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, who was on the trip, said in an interview that he had particular concerns about the possibility of Russian media entities misreporting the outcome of any one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin. It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. Now, he said, "countries are going to start upping their commitments".

Trump floated the idea of spending 4 percent of GDP on military, a mark that no one except the United States is even close to.

In an impromptu press conference this morning, Trump said he had "told people he would be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially".

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