Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump lashes out at NATO allies calling for increase in defence spending

Europeans and some USA officials are particularly concerned about whether Putin will ask Trump to suspend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military drills in the Baltic states on Russia's doorstep.

Trump: "Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, talks to U.S. President Donald Trump as British Prime Minister Theresa May, right watches at the opening ceremony of the NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially because the United States has been paying a tremendous amount".

"So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up".

Hundreds of demonstrators chanted outside the USA ambassador's residence where Trump was staying on the outskirts of London, providing a preview of the forceful protests expected during his two-day British stay.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Trump said, according to The Sun.

The plan has enraged so-called "Brexiteers", who have looked to a possible U.S. -U.K. trade deal as one of the biggest boons that would result from leaving the 27-member bloc.

But Macron disputed Trump's claims, saying that the joint statement the leaders had signed went no further than what had previously been agreed, apart from setting out how some countries plan to get there.

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

"I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius", he said.

He also reportedly said that if the accelerated target - which was originally agreed for 2024 - is not honored the USA would "do our own thing", sources told the New York Times and Washington Post.

While the president said he liked May and considered her a "very good person", he tossed fuel on already smoldering tensions over how the United Kingdom will pull out of the European Union next year.

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget.

The second day of the defence pact meeting was disrupted and repeatedly rescheduled, as Trump's insistence on renegotiating his allies' defence budgets took precedence over issues such as Ukraine and Georgia's vulnerability to Russian Federation.

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. He is also scheduled to hold his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.

"So we have a commitment to spend two percent".

"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.

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.

As Europe's biggest natural gas consumer, Germany relies on Russian Federation for roughly half of its gas imports, which account for 20 percent of its current energy mix, according to London-based Marex Spectron group.

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it.

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