Poland: Trump's tough talk on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation good for eastern flank

Poland: Trump's tough talk on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation good for eastern flank

They might not have agreed with the USA president calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation, but some Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said they believe Donald Trump is right to shame one of America's most important allies into spending more on defense.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to boost their spending.

"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure.

Before anyone even arrived in Brussels, Belgium for Day One of the NATO Summit, Trump was already tweeting his allies about not putting up enough money for worldwide defense. "Putin is America's enemy - not because we wish it so, but because he has chosen to be", McCain said, listing Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the annexing of Crimea and for supporting Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria.

"The president is going to mention the fact that Europe is becoming more and more dependent on Russian Federation for their energy sources, specifically Germany with their invitation to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Barrasso told Fox News.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the United States leader said his hectoring had paid off. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?"'

Invited leaders from non-NATO countries Afghanistan and Georgia had been asked to leave, along with most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' retinues of officials, as the heads of state and government of the Western alliance sought to deal with the man whose nation commands much of the budget and forces for Europe's defense.

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He continued: 'We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation . Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul , being interrogated by Russian officials. "Do I believe that? No".

Other leaders said they had simply told Mr Trump they were open to discussing spending increases in the future.

Her endorsement of the Trump-Putin meeting attempts to cut off awkward questions about Trump's commitment to NATO, an organisation he has openly and repeatedly criticised, which has dogged the ongoing NATO summit and threatened to undermine Trump's visit to London later this week.

Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got under way.

"I believe through strength you get peace", he said. (Poland came in just shy with 1.99 percent.) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he expects eight nations to hit the target in 2018.

But Mr Macron said his USA counterpart had not threatened to leave, insisting: "President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw".

Democratic leadership thinks President Donald Trump's comments calling Germany "a captive of Russia" are an "embarrassment" after years of Democrats saying the same things about President Trump.

When the summit resumed for a session with the leaders of non-members Ukraine and Georgia, Trump failed to appear for almost an hour, officials said. "I'm very strong on immigration".

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