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Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending

13 July 2018

"Our President - the orange guy Trump- is in Belgium right now - at the NATO Summit, fighting over how many ways they will split the check", Jimmy Kimmel told his late night viewers about POTUS's latest.

Following Trump's statement, the 29 members met for a separate crisis meeting, and representatives of partner countries Ukraine and Georgia were asked to leave the room.

Speaking to reporters before departing the White House for the meetings in Europe, Trump said, "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all".

The French President said: There is a communique that was published yesterday. "He generally dislikes the Alliance and Allied solidarity, the very principle of an alliance and mulitlareral frameworks", she said. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030. The target date to get military spending to 2% is 2024.

"We are paying for far too much of Nato", Trump said.

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

Another diplomatic source said that a "special session on burden sharing is ongoing". However, he said the issue over a better distribution of contribution to the military alliance is legitimate. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the United Kingdom.

Trump suggested to reporters on Tuesday that his meeting with Putin could be the smoothest part of the weeklong trip that includes a visit to the United Kingdom as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany, and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions - and that's very good".

Few had expected smooth sailing at the Brussels summit. "So there is no additional spending", Conte told a news conference.

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said.

Trump said his summit with Putin, which will take place on Monday in Helsinki, would be a loose meeting with "no big schedule" - but one that could still be productive.

Trump has dismissed the assessment of his own intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election that brought him to power. But Trump's Thursday morning tweet, before meetings on Russian aggression and the war in Afghanistan, said allies "must" get to 4 percent. I mean, it's one of those things.

The U.S. Embassy has warned Americans to be careful in London during Trump's visit, recommending that they "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings".

"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests.

"Tremendous progress has been made, everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment they're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before". 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.

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to increase defence spending