Trump says committed to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as allies agree to boost defense spending

Trump says the US commitment to NATO

I mean, it's one of those things.

Angela Merkel did not address the U.S. President's comments directly when she spoke to reporters before leaving Brussels, but made her position clear that Germany had already been increasing its commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

A source from the summit room told EURACTIV no such threat had been expressed at this morning session.

"Obviously that deadline is six years away and only a handful of those countries have reached that goal", he said.

Politico said Trump warned of "grave consequences" if the allies did not immediately meet the 2 per cent spending targets.

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters.

"Sometimes if I didn't know better, I might say that we are purposefully trying to destabilize the Western alliance and turn the world upside down", he said. And he has affixed a "witch hunt" label to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into potential co-ordination between Russian Federation and Trump's Republican presidential campaign.

Trump tweets: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

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.

Asked what was his fallback position if Germany and Canada do not go up to 2%, he said: "They will, they will, I have no doubt about it".

Separately, Trump also dealt with the ongoing discussions with the European Union on the steel and aluminium tariffs, noting that "Both of my parents are from the European Union, despite the fact they don't treat us well on trade".

Trump said he told "people" that he would be "very unhappy" if they didn't increase their commitments.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel denied the claims, but had a harder time fending off Trump's criticism that Germany and many other allies were not meeting defense spending targets of 2 percent of GDP.

"Tremendous progress has been made, everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment they're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before".

"Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic mounted a charm offensive at the summit, presenting Trump with a Croatian soccer jersey as giving him plenty of attention. I look forward to the meeting. "I don't know that is what they voted for".

When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it".

Conway said Trump is looking for a "commonality" with Russian Federation in order to work for "peace and prosperity", and contrary to Barack Obama, has been "transparent" about his Russian Federation policy.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took a more diplomatic approach on the spending row, saying that Trump was having an "impact" while refusing to confirm any increase beyond what was agreed in the statement.

Leaders had gone into the second day, set to focus mainly on ending the long war in Afghanistan, with low expectations, showing the extent of European frustration with Trump's "America first" policies among the other 28 members of the alliance.

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