Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

Merkel, facing domestic political opposition to pushing defence spending up from 1.2 percent of GDP, said she explained to Trump how much was already being done.

On Thursday, Trump told reporters at a press conference in Brussels that to him, Putin, was a "competitor" rather than an enemy. "Why would an American president whose first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting last year was a disaster, show up in Belgium this year just to prove he doesn't understand how vital alliances have made a huge difference for the security of the United States and the lives of Europeans?"

"That's up to the people", Mr. Trump said, who went on to generously praise Mr. Johnson, Mrs.

Trump has repeatedly questioned Russia's role in meddling in the 2016 presidential election and has said he believes Putin's claim that his government did not interfere in Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

Although Trump is staying at the USA ambassador's London mansion during his two-day trip to London, all of his scheduled public events are outside the city. He then stunned allies by telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four per cent.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, though, said the discussion "made NATO stronger", as it "created a new sense of urgency". "It reaffirms a commitment to 2 percent in 2024". The leaders, including Trump, had signed on to a statement that highlighted agreement on a plan to improve the readiness and mobility of the armed forces across the Continent, and they agreed on tough language aimed at Moscow.

Responding to Mr Trump's comments about The Sun, a spokesman for the newspaper said: "We stand by our reporting and the quotes we used - including those where the president was positive about the prime minister, in both the paper and in our audio - and we're delighted that the president essentially retracted his original charge against the paper later in the press conference".

At the same time Washington wanted to put on paper its concerns over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 president election in the United States, the newspaper said, citing unnamed USA officials.

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Seated alongside Mrs May at Chequers this morning, Mr Trump said: 'The relationship is very, very strong, we really have a very good relationship'.

The President singled out Germany for particular criticism over low spending, accusing the nation of being a "captive" of Russian Federation because of a multibillion-dollar pipeline deal.

The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC summit.

He also vowed to raise allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, amid an ongoing U.S. investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow. Trump insisted that he would bring up key subjects including Syria, although he once again failed to rule out recognising Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Mr Trump fuelled a fire by appearing to criticise prime minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, after the resignation of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and her minister in charge of the European Union exit, David Davis.

EU tension with Trump also extends to free trade, after he slapped tariffs on European products, prompting a tit-for-tat response.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

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