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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation goes to emergency session after Trump reportedly gets undiplomatic with Merkel

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It was a surprising statement after two days during which Trump's "America first" foreign policy approach had presented a significant challenge for the organization. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the Associated Press. Trump said it could be the easiest meeting of the trip. It doesn't make any sense.

British Prime Minister Theresa May used a press conference Wednesday to declare that "NATO is as vital to us today as it ever has been". U.S. defense spending accounts for roughly 67% of this, but it's also true the U.S. has the highest defense budget in the world by far and this is linked to both its strong economy and internal politics.

"The American president demanded what has been discussed for months, that there is a change in the burden sharing", Merkel said.

"Because of me they've raised about $40 billion over the past year".

But he reiterated his demand that USA allies spend more on defense.

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

But Trump's Thursday morning tweet, before meetings on Russian aggression and the war in Afghanistan, said allies "must" get to 4 percent. The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Including that commitment, however, Canada's current defence spending plans are only expected to bring it to 1.4 per cent of GDP, well short of the Wales target.

A joint summit declaration issued Wednesday underlined NATO's support for Ukraine and its aspirations for membership of the alliance, pending domestic reforms. The only time it's been invoked was for the United States, after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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"I think it's fair to say that here in my office the team recognized what was coming and the importance of speaking out on it from my perspective and from the district's perspective", Curtis told Fox 13. It took a third question from Blitzer - "so that is a yes?" - before Haber responded with a definitive "yes".

Trump added, "All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!" "No doubt was cast on the credibility of Article 5".

"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.

Donald Trump arrives in the United Kingdom on Thursday for his first visit as president, during which he will meet the Queen and Theresa May and visit Scotland.

The outdoor arrival ceremony at Blenheim - Trump wore a tuxedo and first lady Melania Trump a butter-yellow, chiffon off-the-shoulder gown - was a grand affair marked by a military band in bearskin hats, hundreds of business leaders in black tie and gorgeous setting sunlight.

"She has allowed in a lot of immigrants". To that end, however, Trump said Obama and former President George W. Bush talked about it but "nobody did anything about it".

The US President will be delivered by Air Force One, straight from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he made a blistering attack on America's European allies over levels of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he holds a news conference during the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018. 'They did ask me if they could buy the military equipment and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit'.

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