Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump claims victory in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending dispute

Trump claims victory in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending dispute

However, the $33-40bn figures appear to be a reference to increased spending since 2014.

"We have been really very strong on Russia", Trump added as he told the journalists that his administration "left North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with more money, with more unity, with more spirit than North Atlantic Treaty Organisation probably has ever had".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a U.S. campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the USA energy sector instead.

"He may deny it", Trump said.

The early morning drama was part of two days of diplomatic theatre in Brussels, as allies tried to shield a post-war world order from his "America first" demands.

President Trump claimed Friday ahead of his summit with Vladimir Putin that the Russian president would not have invaded Crimea had he been in office, calling the globally condemned annexation an "Obama disaster".

He used the forum to again blast the "rigged witch hunt", his term for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election, saying it "hurts" US and Russian relations.

TRUMP: "One of the states we won, Wisconsin _ I didn't even realize this until fairly recently - that was the one state that Ronald Reagan didn't win when he ran the board his second time".

He insisted it had been a "very good" summit because of the frank and open discussion it had hosted.

During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP. It was unclear anything concrete changed, although NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg spoke of a "new sense of urgency".

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Responding to Mr Trump's comments about The Sun, a spokesman for the newspaper said: "We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the president was positive about the prime minister, in both the paper and in our audio - and we're delighted that the president essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference".

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"I would actually say that she probably went the opposite way".

"I'm sorry, they're for White House staff", they were told as they tried to grab vacant seats at the front.

In 2011, when the United States was still heavily involved in Afghanistan and Iraq, defence spending was at 4.78% of GDP. "Whatever you want to say, it helps Europe more", he said. "I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here I don't think", Trump said.

Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin, global trade, and Brexit will dominate the European Union agenda this week.

He said: "She's a very smart, very tough, very capable person and I would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy, that I can tell you".

"In terms of real capability, the alliance has become stronger over the last couple of years", he said.

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it.

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