Trump Claims Victory in NATO Spending Dispute

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In May, Poland said it was willing to pay up to $2 billion to support a permanent U.S. troop presence on its soil. He then stunned allies by telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four percent.

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked.

"It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

Donald Trump and the whole world leader gang got together to reaffirm their commitment to global defense and cooperation this week and it did not go at all as planned.

Speaking to reporters as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation talks wrapped up today, Trump touted the visit as a success and boasted about future weapons sales to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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It was a classic Trump performance - bluster, confrontation and demands followed by a unilateral declaration of victory - but his claim was quickly dismissed by the leaders of Italy and France, who disputed they had made any new pledges for increasing spending.

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". Apart from the USA, only three North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries hit the two-percent target in 2017-Britain, Greece and Estonia-but four more are expected to clear the threshold this year. "Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

Trump tweeted 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 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

US President Donald Trump yesterday hailed "tremendous progress" on defence spending commitments by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, saying two days of tough talks had left the alliance "much stronger".

Trump is slated to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

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NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said last week that now 16 of 29 countries are on track to meet that goal.

TRUMP, at the subsequent news conference with May: "I don't know what they're going to do, but whatever you do is OK with me".

President Andrzej Duda played down the severity of divisions between Trump and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members at a two-day summit in Brussels, saying the important thing for Poland is that new commitments have been made to secure the region that lies close to Russian Federation. Does it benefit the U.S.in any way? Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic.

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The last, brief meeting between Putin and Trump took place in November 2017 in Vietnam during an APEC summit. She wanted to go a different route.

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