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

President Donald Trump will be meeting with the leaders of Azerbaijan, Romania, Ukraine and Georgia as he kicks off his second day at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"So we have a commitment to spend two percent".

Not much, says former Conservative defence minister Peter MacKay. Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?' That's "70 to 90 percent to protect Europe", said President Trump.

"Supporting the new fledgling democracy in Iraq, which has been so battered, is so fragile, is a great thing for Canada to be doing ... it is dead centre in what Canada is good at", said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Other leaders said they had simply told Mr Trump they were open to discussing spending increases in the future.

Currently, most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations aren't hitting that target.

Trump and Putin are expected to hit on a lot of familiar themes in their summit, including European security, Middle East tension, and nuclear weapons control.

On Friday, Trump will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II and then spend the weekend at one of his private golf courses in Scotland.

"All allies are increasing defense spending".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was forced to call an emergency budget meeting of all the allies to deal with the staggering demand.

The source refused to comment on reports that Trump had threatened to pull out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation altogether.

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French President Emmanuel Macron denied the reports, telling journalists: "President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

There, while on board Air Force 1, he used his Twitter feed to rescind his support of a joint communique and slam Trudeau personally after hearing the prime minister repeat Canada's insistence it would defend itself from USA aggression on trade.

"Cohesion of the members of the alliance is our centre of gravity", he said.

He added he thinks Trump has no understanding of how North Atlantic Treaty Organisation works, although his advisers do.

Trump is in Europe this week for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Earlier this week, Trudeau announced that, beginning in the fall, Canada will assume command of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training mission in Iraq for its first year, with a commitment of up to 250 troops and four helicopters. "Much stronger than it was two days ago", Trump said in an unscheduled statement.

The conversation focused on trade, including efforts to revamp the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement and the ramifications for those talks of Mexico's presidential election, from which left-leaning populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador emerged victorious.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, told The House Canada will continue to remain a "committed contributor" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Trudeau portrayed himself as a kind of counterweight to Trump's protectionist, anti-immigrant rhetoric, promoting the idea that Canada remains a refuge for migrants and that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries must not only build military capacity, but also build societies that are "based on values and not identity". John McCain, R-Arizona, said Mr. Trump should cancel the meeting if he will not hold Putin accountable.

"Putin is not America's friend".

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