Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Trump Declares NATO Victory With Spending Commitments From Allies

US President Donald Trump said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries had agreed to increase their defence spending after he forced crisis talks over his mounting demands at a fractious summit in Brussels.

"I think it's fair to say that here in my office the team recognized what was coming and the importance of speaking out on it from my perspective and from the district's perspective", Curtis told Fox 13.

U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the USA leader said his hectoring had paid off.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday". It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. Two thirds have national plans in place to spend 2% of GDP on defence by 2024.

Trump singled out Germany on Wednesday when he accused them of being "totally" controlled by Russian Federation because Russia provides a large share of their oil and natural gas.

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The issue dominated the president's public remarks after he arrived in Brussels on Tuesday, striking fear among European officials that the president would question the US' role in the alliance. The United States, far the biggest economy, spent 3.6 percent a year ago, while Germany, the second biggest, paid out just 1.2 percent and only a handful of countries met the 2 percent target.

The U.S. leader gave no specifics on which countries had agreed to increase defense spending, but said several countries had cumulatively boosted defense spending by $33 billion in the a year ago.

"The fact is that we have a commitment to increase defense spending".

At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London.

Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, dismissed the significance of the protests, telling Fox News that one of the reasons the two countries are so close "is because we have the freedoms that we've all fought for".

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"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.

"At the end of the day, however, I know that the relations between the United States and Canada militarily are going to continue to be superb".

"A clear message from President Trump is having an impact".

The same is true for New York Jets owner and GOP megadonor Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the United Kingdom; and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

"I think, by and large, that the American people are glad to have a president who will be willing to maybe set aside some of the niceties and actually say what he thinks and defend their interests", Cornyn said.

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