Trump Seemed To Exhibit Multiple Personalities At NATO Summit

Trump Seemed To Exhibit Multiple Personalities At NATO Summit

When asked if he was going to change his cooperative tone once he's out of the country (as he's been known to do), he replied by referencing one of his greatest hits - "I'm a very stable genius".

While he was in front of an audience, Trump berated his most closes allies, calling them "delinquents" and stating he was disappointed in them for not contributing enough for defense and letting the US bear the burden. "NATO", he added, "is much stronger now than it was two days ago".

During the trip, Trump has questioned the necessity of the alliance that formed a bulwark against Soviet aggression, tweeting after a day of contentious meetings: "What good is North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars for gas and energy?"

"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their financial commitments substantially", Trump said when asked if he threatened to pull out of the alliance.

Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" after his "firm" warnings during the tense two-day meeting in Brussels, during which he singled out Germany for special criticism.

In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added: "Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state".

But French president Emmanuel Macron denied there had been an agreement to boost spending over 2%.

"To see the level of spirit in that room is incredible", Trump said. This communiqué is clear, it reaffirms a commitment to 2% in 2024.

Mr Trump did not go into details about what specific countries had promised but suggested they would be increasing their rates of spending "at a much faster clip". Donald Trump and the whole world leader gang got together to reaffirm their commitment to global defense and cooperation this week and it did not go at all as planned.

The president set himself a low bar for what he'll achieve in Moscow, telling reporters: "I think we go into that meeting looking for not so much".

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Mr Trump also warned the European Union he will make them pay for years of "taking advantage" of the United States - describing the situation as a "disgrace".

Trump arrived about a half-hour late to a North Atlantic Council meeting with Georgia and Ukraine, two countries who have both been invaded by Russian Federation in the last decade.

At one point, in a break with diplomatic protocol, a source said Trump addressed German Chancellor Merkel by her first name and told her: "Angela, you need to do something about this".

There is a strong possibility that Poland will build a floating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Gdańsk, according to Fred H. Hutchison, who says "a lot of gas" can come to Central European markets this way.

He also renewed a demand that they even double that - though many question what they could usefully spend it on.

If built, the 1,200-kilometre Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is scheduled for completion in 2019, will supply around 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year from Russian Federation to Germany under the Baltic Sea, circumventing Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine.

"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.

During Trump's meeting with Putin, McCain said, the president "must reverse his disturbing tendency to show America's adversaries the deference & esteem that should be reserved for our allies".

Defense-budget increases in inflation-adjusted dollars could make for a more reliable measure of higher spending.

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