Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation insists it is united at end of raucous, divisive summit

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation insists it is united at end of raucous, divisive summit

President Donald Trump's performance at the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that concluded Thursday stunned world leaders, causing them to question his commitment to the transatlantic alliance and lead the Pentagon to go into "damage control" to reassure United States allies, according to reports.

Trump said he had been "extremely unhappy" with allies' low levels of defense spending before the summit, but was pleased "they have substantially upped their commitment" during a "fantastic" unscheduled crisis meeting on Thursday morning.

Trump emerged declaring continued commitment to a Western alliance built on USA military might that has stood up to Moscow since World War II.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday". "The president has been consistent that he wants to see people spending more on defence in their countries and we are very pleased that we are doing exactly that".

He accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being beholden to Moscow due to energy imports, while letting Americans pay for protecting Germany from Russian Federation.

Trump again stunned United States allies by sounding deeply critical of the longstanding post-war security alliance of 29 nations.

Trump claimed member nations had agreed to significantly boost their defense budgets and reaffirmed - after days of griping that the US was being taken advantage of by its allies - that the USA remains faithful to the accord. Despite Trump's bellicose tweets in the run up to and during the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron called the talks "respectful", adding that France would meet its two percent spending target by 2024.

That mercurial side of Trump is less likely to be experienced Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump has been anticipating a sit-down for weeks.

The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland.

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"Enough", the Democrat said of Trump's style at the summit.

"What you spend on a military budget doesn't necessarily automatically lead to greater capacity to contribute to NATO's defence", he said.

Trump, who has linked his own election to the June 2016 referendum in which a slim majority of British voters supported leaving the European Union, complained, "The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on".

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"All Nato nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

Hours before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the charges, Trump vowed to ask Putin "firmly" about Moscow's involvement in the last presidential election, but he warned that the "stupidity" of domestic politics and the special counsel's ongoing probe into the issue was holding back U.S.

"We had a very intense summit", said Merkel.

At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the U.S. on trade and needed to immediately boost spending.

The entire day, from Brussels to London, was one unsettling experience after another for members of the Western alliance.

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