Donald Trump Pushes Prime Minister NATO Summit

Donald Trump Pushes Prime Minister NATO Summit

Donald Trump Pushes Prime Minister NATO Summit

He said: "The Nato of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russian Federation and on Nato's eastern and southern borders".

Trump denounced allies for not paying their fair share, saying that even if they met a commitment to allocate two percent of GDP to defence, it would still not be enough to meet the challenges.

"NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations", Trump said, as some heads of state shifted uncomfortably.

Trump's entourage warned that the billionaire president would push allies heavily on meeting their commitment to spend 2.0 percent of GDP on defence, agreed in 2014.

Video of the incident went viral and came as Trump delivered a tough message to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to dramatically increase their defence spending to ease financial burden to the United States.

European leaders hoped President Donald Trump would explicitly endorse NATO's bedrock collective defense clause during his visit to Brussels on Thursday, after he spent the presidential campaign suggesting it was hollow.

President Trump did, though, appear to push the prime minister of Montenegro aside as leaders moved through a hall, all of this in a city that candidate Trump called a hellhole previous year.

"There are many, many occasions upon which we have directly participated and in other occasions directly benefited from information-sharing between security agencies and at the highest level".

It isn't. But the American ignored that countries gave themselves until 2024 to meet the target and he mistakes spending as a proxy for commitment.

President Trump supported the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union, while also stating that other countries should do the same.

And in any case, Markovic said, "it is natural that the president of the United States is in the front row".

The meeting between Trump and newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron is getting as much - if not more - attention for the handshake they shared as for being the leaders' first face-to-face discussion.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is confident that Germany is on the right path with its defense spending, as President Donald Trump demands that allies respect their pledges to increase defense spending.

Based on a statement from the White House, European leaders had expected that Trump would commit to the core mission of the alliance established in 1949 that bonds the United States and Europe based on the principle, known as Article 5, that an attack on one member state is an attack on all.

Some NATO leaders, such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have sought to skirt the 2% quota by arguing that "there are many ways of evaluating one's contribution to NATO" besides increasing defense spending.

"We must be tough", Trump said.

The U.S., which has by far the largest military budget in the world, spends well more than that - 3.6 percent of GDP previous year, for instance, according to The Economist.

Trump handed the bill - thought to be for more than £300 billion (US$375 billion) -to Merkel during their March meeting in Washington, DC, the Sunday Times reported, citing an unnamed German minister.

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