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Donald Trump says US commitment to Nato remains strong

Donald Trump says US commitment to Nato remains strong

President Donald Trump reiterated the US commitment to NATO Thursday after a contentious meeting in which he said allies agreed to raise defense spending by $33 billion amid his reported threats to withdraw. The more than 20 allies not spending 2 per cent of GDP on their national military budgets pledged at the time to start investing more as their economies grew, and to move toward that goal by 2024.

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London.

Mr. Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were ever attacked.

Members agreed in 2014 to increase their spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic product in 10 years, but it was unclear what they agreed to in Brussels.

Amid reports that he had threatened to pull out of the alliance due to the dispute, Mr Trump said the United States had a strong commitment.

"NATO", he added, "is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

Earlier, Trump strode into NATO's new headquarters to shake hands with leaders - but only after publicly railing against Germany at a breakfast meeting with Stoltenberg. "It's been fantastic to see the level of spirit in that room".

Conte added that he hadn't heard any threat by Trump to withdraw the United States from the alliance, as was reported by some media. The verbal attack comes just days before he meets Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and they did ask me if they could buy the military equipment, and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit", he told a news conference.

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President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

Mr Trump said he didn't want Russian Federation to be a threat, while adding that his meeting with Mr Putin next week "may be the easiest on his Europe trip".

Others in the room, including the Lithuanian president whose country is among the most nervous of Russian ambitions, denied a suggestion that Trump had threatened to quit the alliance. "Hopefully some day he'll be a friend, I just don't know".

President Donald Trump's displeasure with the U.S.'s military allies over their relatively low defense spending is no secret.

In response to a question about the atmosphere during the working session and whether European leaders feel blackmailed by the US, Radev said the atmosphere in the hall was not "one of the most pleasant".

However, Mr Trump's intervention prompted an immediate response, with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members going into an emergency session while the US President held a remarkable press conference where he said: "We are doing numbers like we've never seen before".

Trump: "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy at what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

Still, some anxious Trump's combative stance toward allies could ultimately weaken the 69-year-old alliance.

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

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