President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 12, 2018.

At NATO, Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg would be giving hard numbers for the increase in military spending by member nations, Trump predicted, perhaps at the end of the summit. The target date to get military spending to 2% is 2024.

Trump also reiterated his criticisms of Germany - which he said earlier this week was "totally controlled by Russia" because of a deal for a natural gas pipeline.

Separately, Trump also dealt with the ongoing discussions with the European Union on the steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that "Both of my parents are from the European Union, despite the fact they don't treat us well on trade". As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago".

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defence organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.

Trump brushed off the protests, saying, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom.

We all agreed we have to deliver on that", Stoltenberg said, later saying: "We have agreed that we need to make good on the pledges we have made". He also discussed his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin; his efforts to broker a lasting deal with North Korea's Kim Jong Un; and the immigration crisis that has been playing out in Europe.

Germany is extremely reliant on Russian gas, and the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which Germany approved in March, will only increase its dependence.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to significantly boost their defence budgets and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the USA was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the US remains faithful to the accord. "We reaffirmed a credible budget strategy that meets our needs". "We put the largest part of our military capabilities at the service of Nato.We are defending the interests of the United States".

Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

Merkel told reporters there followed a discussion with assurances to Trump that spending was increasing - something he later acknowledged was happening at an unprecedented rate. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it".

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