Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Trump Lashes Germany Demands Allies Double NATO Spending

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev confirmed that Trump had made the demand and asked what it meant for the future of the alliance that has been the bedrock of European security for 70 years.

Trump also reiterated his criticisms of Germany - which he said earlier this week was "totally controlled by Russia" because of a deal for a natural gas pipeline.

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.

The alliance, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all, was set up at the height of the Cold War, as a counterbalance to the Warsaw Pact between the Soviets and their satellite states.

In a series of tweets at the time, Trump said that "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart". "And that's fine. Of course, they kill us on trade".

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security.

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense.

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When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it". Before leaving for England on Thursday, he declared North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "a fine-tuned machine", despite the turmoil he'd sewn.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the Associated Press. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024". Germany, Europe's richest country, spends just 1.24% on defense, and it's an unpopular topic there.

"The language was much tougher today", one source told Reuters. "The additional money they will be putting up has been really unbelievable".

Amid reports that he had threatened to pull out of the alliance due to the dispute, Mr Trump said the United States had a strong commitment. "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius...and a very stable genius at that!"

"A clear message from President Trump is having an impact".

The U.S. Embassy has warned Americans to be careful in London during Trump's visit, recommending that they "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship.

Conway said Trump is looking for a "commonality" with Russian Federation in order to work for "peace and prosperity", and contrary to Barack Obama, has been "transparent" about his Russian Federation policy. "I don't know that is what they voted for".

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