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President Trump: NATO Stronger Than Ever Before

President Trump: NATO Stronger Than Ever Before”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg then reportedly shifted the meeting to an allies-only emergency session, requiring European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to leave the room. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

Still, Trump celebrated both the 2 percent figure and his approach to these meetings, saying, "I think that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

The mercurial tycoon said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday "may be the easiest" part of his European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit. "He is not my enemy ... hopefully someday maybe he will be a friend", Mr Trump said.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

He also vowed to raise allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, amid an ongoing U.S. investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow.

"On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation", read another.

In response, the Twitter account of Russia's foreign ministry said they would be turning their attention to the World Cup instead of NATO's allegations.

"We are supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions dollars a year to Russian Federation".

Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the USA now spends. White House officials announced that Mr. Trump would give an unscheduled news conference on Thursday in Brussels amid the tumult over his demands for increased spending.

Trump has met with Putin on a few occasions since he took office.

Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The claims stem from criticisms about burden-sharing that Trump has made since just prior to his inauguration in January 2017.

"That's other people that do that", Trump replied.

"Because of me they've raised about $40 billion over the past year. I don't know that is what they voted for".

Earlier in the day, Trump was on the attack, going after America's allies even as he refused the day before to call Putin an adversary of the United States.

Poland, which was under Moscow-backed communist rule for decades during the Cold War, is today one of the most pro-U.S. countries in Europe.

"After we're at 2 percent, we'll start talking about going higher".

Trump went on to say that "NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Mr. Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected. The German government has been pursuing its Nord Stream 2 project for years, despite criticism from the United States and some Eastern European nations. "And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".



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