Trump gears up for meeting with "competitor" Putin after rocky North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Trump has repeatedly said the US was bearing an unfair burden because it spends many times more of its GDP on defence than other NATO countries

US President Donald Trump rejected the suggestion he might change his tune on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military spending once he boards the Air Force One, calling himself "very consistent" and "stable genius" once again.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed there had been a "frank and open" discussion, but Mr Macron denied reports the president had threatened to pull out of the 69-year-old Western alliance if he did not get his way.

He also said he thought spending of 4 percent on defence - similar to the United States level - would be the right level.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Remember when French President Emmanuel Macron visited the USA and got all chummy with the president? We have realized this since the attack on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip May, greeting President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, at Blenheim Palace on Thursday in Woodstock, England.

He said the US "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that members meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

Russian Federation accuses the United States of bullying Europe into buying American liquid natural gas.

Brussels may dismiss this as typical Trumpian bluster, but my sense is that Trump is not bluffing.

"I [also] want to delve into Vladimir Putin and what he wants for his country", said Wallace.

Another big beef Trump seems to have with his allies are are their ties to Russian Federation (yes, seriously).

Trump Walks Back NATO Threats, Takes 'Total Credit' For Spending Boost
He is also scheduled to hold his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg cited a "new sense of urgency, and all allies agreed to redouble their efforts".

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Pres. Trump: "That's other people that do that".

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London. "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitment". We'll have more on President Trump, NATO, Russia and the protests in the United Kingdom after headlines.

It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine a decades-old alliance launched to counterbalance Soviet aggressions.

Sources close to the talks told DW's Teri Schultz that Trump demanded European NATO members meet the alliance target immediately, rather than increase spending gradually as agreed to at a previous NATO summit in 2014.

"It reaffirms a commitment to 2 percent in 2024".

In 2011, when the United States was still heavily involved in Afghanistan and Iraq, defence spending was at 4.78% of GDP.

The outdoor arrival ceremony at Blenheim - Trump wore a tuxedo and first lady Melania Trump a butter-yellow, chiffon off-the-shoulder gown - was a grand affair marked by a military band in bearskin hats, hundreds of business leaders in black tie and gorgeous setting sunlight.

The plan has enraged so-called "Brexiteers", who have looked to a possible U.S. -U.K. trade deal as one of the biggest boons that would result from leaving the 27-member bloc. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point".

Demonstrators say that hundreds of thousands of people are planning to take to the streets tonight and tomorrow, and are planning to float a giant balloon caricature of Trump outside Parliament.

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