Trump ready to help some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states buy U.S. arms

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation", he said Wednesday at a breakfast meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump closed out the tumultuous two-day summit by reaffirming the United States' commitment to the almost 70-year-old alliance and signing the joint declaration, despite spending much of the summit berating allies over defence spending and accusing Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys Russian natural gas.

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. Partners including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker therefore left the discussion.

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense.

Trump: "Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy at what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment".

He triggered an emergency session on the spending issue, before emerging from the turmoil to say "I believe in Nato" in response to reports that he had threatened to pull out. "We will be talking about Ukraine". At the end though, Trump said the military alliance is "very unified, very strong, no problem".

While Chancellor Angela Merkel and much of her conservative bloc are sympathetic to the goal of raising military spending, her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners are more divided.

"President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO", Macron said.

Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".

Radev said that, on the other hand, Trump was right, because each country should make a contribution, in a world of growing threats, and build effective capabilities.

Macron said France, which a year ago spent 1.8 percent on defence, would meet the target by the 2024 deadline.

France now spends around 1.8% of GDP on defence.

Macron said he had just agreed a 2019 budget with parliament so changing it was unrealistic - a point Trump later said he had accepted though he still expected all members to hit the 2 percent target in the next years, and then possibly double that. Ruben Gallego of Arizona and eight other Democrats in another letter calling on Trump to cancel the meeting.

Trump also slammed the Nord Stream II pipeline that is set to bring gas from Russian Federation to Germany, calling it a "horrible mistake" that would give Moscow power over Berlin.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump called out U.S. allies on Twitter, saying, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

"Start treating Putin like you do with the Democrats - tough, strong, 'we're not going to take your nonsense", he said.

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