Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg left next to President Donald Trump in Brussels

"The communique is clear: it reaffirms the commitment to two per cent (of GDP)", said Macron, who was photographed smiling and sharing a hug with Trump yesterday despite recent tensions between the two.

"Contrary to criticism and fears, Trump's brutally honest behavior has not broken NATO's unity but has mobilized its members to further action that strengthened the organization".

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

Mr Trump refused to deny that he had threatened to pull the USA out of the organisation, but said the atmosphere in the meeting was cordial.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has cosied up to Trump despite their wide political differences, said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was "much stronger" after the summit.

Other U.S. companies that stand to benefit from the U.S. arms sales push include missiles maker Raytheon Co and General Dynamics Corp, which builds warships and other military equipment. Still, European economies have been growing recently, making the 2 per cent of GDP target ever harder to achieve, and Trump's spending demand is at least in part aimed at drumming up business for the US defence industry. "It's been awesome to see the level of spirit in that room". Some fear Trump, who has often voiced admiration for the Russian leader, could make a bargain with the Kremlin that could sacrifice the security needs of the region, such as acknowledging Russia's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Trump also said he would once again raise the sensitive issue of election meddling with Putin - then predicted his counterpart 'may deny it'.

"For years presidents have been coming to these meetings and have talked about the tremendous expense to the USA, and tremendous progress has been made", Mr Trump said.

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"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron said. "I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius...and a very stable genius at that!"

"Trump said things plainly, as it normal between friends and allies".

Not to mention, Trump already has a dubious relationship with Russian Federation at a time when much of the world, especially Europe, is concerned about its aggressive military activities.

The U.S. president has taken an aggressive tone during the summit, questioning the value of an alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and calling for a massive increase in European defense spending.

Trump has several times assailed Germany for not spending a large enough proportion of its gross domestic product on defence.

"Germany has agreed to do a lot better than they were doing, and we're very happy with that", Trump said, without going into specifics.

But at the end of the summit, Stoltenberg said the figure was $41 billion, and was contained in a paper published before the summit, which suggests that no new money was going to be committed.

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

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