President Trump Reportedly Threatened to Pull the U.S. Out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Jermaine Castillo
July 13, 2018

Trump added, "All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"

"We had a fantastic meeting at the end. It's very detailed", Macron said, according to the AP.

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.

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said at an impromptu press conference, adding, "Now we are very happy".

Stoltenberg said he had called the extra session because the allies felt the issue of burden sharing needed more discussion.

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"During the president's remarks today at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of two per cent of their GDP on defence spending but that they increase it to four per cent", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". "I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius".

"Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they will be getting 60-70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline", Trump said to reporters Wednesday morning, calling the alleged dependence on Russian energy "inappropriate".

"Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitments, they've agreed to up it to levels that they have never thought of before".

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said, "There's a great collegial spirit in that room that I don't think they've had in many years. And yet, he came into the news conference and declared victory", Bays said.

The summit came as transatlantic ties are already under strain due to USA trade tariffs, along with fears that Trump's summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin will pull him further from Nato's orbit.

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The U.S. intelligence community determined in a report made public early last year that Moscow sought to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, and concerns about a resurgent Russian Federation have grown in Europe in recent years, especially after Moscow's 2015 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion".

"I brought it up, no one brought it up but me".

The U.S. Embassy has warned Americans to be careful in London during Trump's visit, recommending that they "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent", "keep a low profile" and "be aware of your surroundings". I think it would be salutary for the alliance.

'Otherwise, we're going to buy them from somebody else, ' Trump said.

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