North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding

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   BRAZEN The President with Mrs May at Brussels summit

Although the president said he thinks 4 percent "is the right number", Trump said discussions on revising the target upward would take place only "after we get to 2 percent".

After throwing hand grenades for a day-and-a-half behind the scenes, insulting allies, and questioning the military alliance's very reason for being, the media was preparing for Mr Trump to do the same in a formal press conference - albeit hastily arranged.

French President Emmanuel Macron said allies had reaffirmed in their communique their intention to meet the goal of 2 percent by 2024 and no more.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday (Thursday NZT). "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP.

Trump on Wednesday urged his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to commit four per cent of their annual output (GDP) to military spending and singled out Germany for its "lagging defence spending". The leaders of France and Italy disputed Trump's assertions, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who is loathe to contradict the mercurial US president, repeatedly dodged questions seeking precision. "Ultimately, Germany will have nearly 70 percent of their country controlled by Russian Federation with natural gas", he said, arguing the project "should have never been allowed to have happened".

Trump says at a news conference Thursday in Brussels that he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments. "I don't know that is what they voted for". Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) sought to soothe nervous allies, emphasizing that Capitol Hill still fully supports the 29-member alliance.

The U.S. Embassy has warned Americans to be careful in London during Trump's visit, recommending that they "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings". "I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius". Two of her top government officials resigned earlier this week over negotiations on how to manage Brexit, including foreign secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump has called a "friend".

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Before anyone even arrived in Brussels, Belgium for Day One of the NATO Summit, Trump was already tweeting his allies about not putting up enough money for worldwide defense. That would be an interesting argument if Trump didn't have his own very public bromance with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

The president also described Putin as his "competitor".

He also vowed to raise allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, amid an ongoing USA investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is insisting that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic. "What will happen with Crimea from this point on, I can't tell you". Trump criticized her strategy on cutting ties to the European Union, cast doubt on whether he was willing to negotiate a new trade deal between Britain and the United States and praised May's political rival Boris Johnson.

Mr Trump stated his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, speaking after reports that he had warned leaders that the USA could pull out of the alliance if other members failed to increase their contributions.

Another official told NBC that the conversations were aimed at "reinforcing alliance commitments" after Trump had "made it clear alliance commitments were on the table".

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