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Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

12 Juillet 2018

"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia", Trump said at the time. Trump again demanded the allies all meet their commitment to raise their military budgets to 2 percent of their economic output by 2024, but then further stepped up the pressure by saying they should make it 4 percent.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

Trump said he let countries know during this week's summit that he was "extremely unhappy".

"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday". Officials said no explicit threat was made. Wednesday's agreement, he said, "confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. Because I said it was unfair", Trump said, referring to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. According to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures, only five of the 29 members have met defense spending targets this year: Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Britain and the United States.

Trump emerged declaring his continued commitment to a Western alliance built on USA military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War Two.

Trump campaigned on a Muslim ban that he later modified to apply to a list of mostly Muslim countries and building a wall on the U.S. Mexico border. Describing the dynamics of the talks, he said, "I was using the term a lot today: burden-sharing".

"The United States was not being treated fairly, but now we are", he added. Very unified, very strong. The US president has been particularly critical of Germany, accusing Berlin of relying on the US for security while not paying enough into NATO's coffers. "I'm very consistent", he replied.

The US president made the statement when asked if he had threatened to pull out of the alliance, and whether he thought he could do so without first consulting Congress.

'I think that a lot of the people in the United Kingdom - I think that's why Brexit happened, ' Trump said.

Earlier, during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Stoltenberg said that the situation in eastern Ukraine remains "serious".

Regarding his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump explained he is a competitor, not an enemy.

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

As for what he and Putin will discuss, Trump said Syria will be a main topic - as will Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House. He said leaders committed to go to their parliaments to obtain the spending increases.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported Trump as saying "I'll do my own thing" if spending is not immediately increased.

"He likes the ideas of their leaders being destabilized and therefore easier to manipulate for him", said Tim O'Brien, a Trump biographer.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, who also traveled to Russian Federation, said Trump should be prepared for complete denials and well-rehearsed answers when he meets with Putin in Finland's capital.

Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behavior for this to become a reality".

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany