intervention prompted an immediate response, with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members going into an emergency session while the US President held a remarkable press conference where he said: "We are doing numbers like we've never seen before".

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending".

Britain and the United States have agreed that Russian Federation should be engaged with "strength and unity", Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday after meeting US President Donald Trump.

First on Trump's agenda was a breakfast with the NATO Secretary General and before the food even came out, Trump was ranting about how the US funds the protection of all the other NATO countries.

When asked about that, Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary".

"Personally, I don't really want President Trump in the room with Putin".

Trudeau called the military spending target - two per cent of GDP, agreed to by all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies at the 2014 summit in Wales - "an easy shorthand" but also a "limited tool" to measure a country's commitment to the alliance.


Trump did not specify which countries had committed to what, and it remained unclear whether any had changed their plans. Allies would be increasing spending by $33 billion or more, he added. Both Emmanuel Macron and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief said that the increases in spending are still going to follow the original schedule.

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security. One notable but often forgotten example is that Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., called the claims of Russian Federation hacking the DNC "phony" and "lies" on July 11, 2016. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030.

"It could open up new negotiations on a lower level that could actually achieve something", Raitasalo said.

The president did not say whether reports of his withdrawal threat were accurate, but he did say he thought he could pull the USA out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation without congressional approval.

Following Thursday's emergency session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, Trump declared the military alliance to be "very unified, very strong, no problem".

Despite that, Stoltenberg had been forced to call an extraordinary session of all 29 allies to discuss Trump's demands, in what officials said was one of the first of its kind at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit for a decade.

Since coming to power previous year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin. "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation". Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) echoed Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and other lawmakers in calling on Trump to immediately cancel the upcoming summit.


Trump is reported to have spoken of "grave consequences" if allies did not meet their 2 percent of GDP defense spending targets, saying that the United States could "go our own way" if his demands were not met.

Still, Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.

At a news conference wrapping up the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trudeau was pressed to provide more details about the USA president's sudden insistence that allies have agreed to spend more - and to do it more quickly.

On Friday, Trump will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II and then spend the weekend at one of his private golf courses in Scotland.

The charges are part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.

According to Trump, May told him, "Don't worry, it's only the press". Does it benefit the U.S.in any way? And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.


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