"US Not Treated Fairly But I believe In NATO", Says Trump

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In Saudi Arabia, the officials discussed USA oil sanctions to deny Iran revenue, maintaining a well-stocked oil market to guard against volatility and helping partners find alternatives to Iran oil, the official said.

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said, "There's a great collegial spirit in that room that I don't think they've had in many years".

Reversing the harsh criticisms he has leveled at NATO, President Trump says the alliance is very strong - in part because of promises from America's allies to boost their military budgets to 2 percent of their gross domestic product.

When asked if he was anxious that the Putin-Trump meeting could have negative consequences for Poland, Duda said he expected Trump to continue the USA stance of supporting Poland.

The U.S., which spent $685.9 billion on defense in 2017, now makes up 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP.

Trump has taken particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which is set to run from Russian Federation to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

The US president also said that he doesn't believe that Putin's policies are a threat to the US or Europe. In the afternoon, he heads to his next stop: the United Kingdom.

Fox Business' Brittany De Lea contributed to this article. Trump means them ill and therefore in many ways he's more risky than Putin.

Interested in Donald Trump? He said it was "a little tough for a little while" and that he had told the Europeans he would be "very unhappy" if they did not up their spending "substantially".

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Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Mr. Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

He demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

Ahead of his Monday meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Trump called the Russian president a "competitor" when asked if he considered Putin a friend or a foe.

He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States". "But in each of the last 4 years, the vast majority of European nations in the alliance have increased their defense spending as percentage of GDP".

Throughout the day, leaders were peppered with questions about Trump's behavior and whether or not they agreed with his position on Germany.

"We had a very intense summit", Merkel told reporters after the session.

"I think he has to expect they're going to deny, deny everything", the South Dakotan said.

Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Mr. Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to set the tone on Wednesday by announcing more troops for NATO's Afghan training mission.

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