Trump Walks Back NATO Threats, Takes 'Total Credit' For Spending Boost

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before departing the NATO Summit in Brussels Belgium Thursday

"Some are at 2 per cent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 per cent, and some are going back to get the approval, and which they will get to go to 2 per cent", he said.

Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an "exchange of views" with Trump.

During the two-day round of meetings, Mr Trump blasted the allies for not reaching the defence spending target and accused the nations of leaving "90 percent" of the "burden" on the USA taxpayers' shoulders.

It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending.

It's a typically Donald Trump approach to diplomacy and getting things done - he likes to sign pieces of paper that are largely symbolic, he attacks allies on Twitter but keeps sweet in person - and he sabre-rattles using the gravitas of the United States to get his way. All I can say is, did you?

As a strong proponent of diplomacy, I believe a meeting between President Trump and President Putin could be a productive one. He is also scheduled to hold his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London.

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A new poll shows that a plurality of Germans favor a drawdown of US troops, and only 15 percent believe that Germany should raise its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg cited a "new sense of urgency, and all allies agreed to redouble their efforts".

Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and they did ask me if they could buy the military equipment, and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit", he told a news conference. It's the ramifications of undermining the decades-old alliance - and threatening to leave it altogether - that has been cause for concern.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday also turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in 2014 committed to move toward spending 2 per cent of their gross domestic products on defence within 10 years. It will be Trump's first working visit to the United Kingdom since he became President, and massive protests in London are expected.

He may have got his way again - but what of Donald Trump's standing among the leaders?

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a US campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the USA energy sector instead. "People are paying, money that they never paid before, and the U.S.is being treated much more fairly".

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