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Behind President Trump's claim of new funding from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members

U.S. President Donald Trump points his finger during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels Belgium Thursday Behind President Trump's claim of new funding from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members
Russell Knight | 13 July, 2018, 15:00

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders entered a special emergency session after President Donald Trump reportedly spoke very bluntly about his demands that the countries spend more on defense.

"Prior to previous year, where I attended my last meeting it was going down, the amount of money being spent by countries was going down and down very substantially", he said.

Stoltenberg said he had called the extra session because the allies felt the issue of burden sharing needed more discussion.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".

Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on paper the summit was a success because of binding commitments to present a plan for increased defense spending and the development of the long-awaited Southern Strategy. "And I know that's valued very highly over here and people can disagree strongly and still go out to dinner".

Hutchison isn't the only Trump emissary whose mission is, at times, to "calm the waters" after he stirs them, said Francis, the Dallas businessman.

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After a week in which he had insulted allies and questioned the value of NATO, Trump-flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton-gave an impromptu news conference at NATO headquarters Thursday morning before leaving Brussels. But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money.

"The President is pretty straightforward about what he believes and he thinks Nord Stream 2 is not in the European Union's best interest, and my bet is he'll be more than happy to tell President Putin that straight to his face", said Mr. Perry.

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

"I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the frightful things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in", he said.

The latest tariffs Trump has proposed, on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods, would raise the price of 40 percent of China's exports to the US and begin to shrink the $375 billion trade surplus Beijing ran in 2017. He urged allies on Wednesday to double their defense spending targets to 4 percent of GDP.

Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected. They're going to up it at levels that they never thought of before... He's a competitor. Somebody was saying, 'Is he an enemy?' No, he's not my enemy.

The second day of the defence pact meeting was disrupted and repeatedly rescheduled, as Trump's insistence on renegotiating his allies' defence budgets took precedence over issues such as Ukraine and Georgia's vulnerability to Russian Federation.

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