Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to spend more for defense

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Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to spend more for defense

At his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the U.S. President told member states to "pay up" for defense.

"I'm disappointed that the President failed to reaffirm America's commitment to Article 5", the release stated.

"Two percent is the bare minimum for confronting today's very real and very vicious threats", Trump said.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States".

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years", declared the US commander-in-chief. "As for those allies he spent the campaign offending ..."

After meeting Trump on Thursday in Brussels, Tusk told a news conference: "It was clear for both of us that the European Union at 27 is more united after Brexit than before Brexit".

The EU council president said a discussion with Trump produced sharply different views on Russian Federation.

KEITH: And there was a special dedication of a memorial to Article 5.

Trump's apparent insults of NATO-member spending came just days after a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 and injuring dozens of others. "Germany's Angela Merkel throwing out a subtle jab of her own, saying it is trust, not walls, that unites".

"My feeling is that we agreed on many areas".

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"The leaders discussed. shared challenges in fighting global terrorism", the White House said in a statement.

Article 5 has been invoked only once in NATO's six-decade history - after the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington. "It will be solved, you can bet on that", Trump said.

"We remember and mourn those almost 3,000 innocent people who were brutally murdered by terrorists on September 11th, 2001", he said.

He later discussed the row with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, who had condemned the leaks that left British authorities infuriated with their U.S. counterparts.

Spicer also didn't sound fazed or concerned regarding Trump's relationship with European leaders, rather claimed that "the relationships continue to grow stronger and stronger", contrary to some claims from many popular news sources.

The biggest idea of Trump's trip was to reorient USA foreign policy in the Middle East against Iran.

"The Germans are bad, very bad", he said, according to the German weekly's online edition. "But we have seen and heard this kind of plain speaking from him before". "Terrible. We will stop this".

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic was caught on camera as she tried to get as close to Trump as possible.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, who is serving as host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May are also making their debut, and the meeting is the first since the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, which is also represented at the gathering. During a visit to Saudi Arabia this week, he called Islam one of the world's great religions after declaring during the campaign that "Islam hates us".

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