'We are being played for fools': Unpredictable Trump on show at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

"He said they must raise spending by January 2019 or the United States would go it alone", one person said of the clash at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters when Trump spoke in a debate that was meant to move to other matters after rows over spending on Wednesday.

He claimed afterwards that there had been "tremendous progress" and that other members had agreed to increase their military spending after his "firm" warnings.

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".

DONALD Trump sowed chaos in Brussels as he demanded other nations massively increase their spending, triggering an emergency budget meeting.

"There will be a joint press conference of the two presidents", Dmitry Peskov told reporters, referring to Monday's meeting, the first summit between Putin and Trump.

"The presidents will make statements based on the results of the summit".

Earlier Thursday, Trump called out USA allies on Twitter, saying, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

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"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".

"Trump did in Brussels what he has done elsewhere: He manufactured a crisis and then grandiosely claimed to have fixed it, leaving America's allies bruised and irritated", Paris said.

He says Canada - where current defence spending plans are only expected to reach 1.4 per cent of GDP - has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target.

Asked at a press conference in Brussels if he would confront the Russian leader at their Monday head-to-head about interfering in the 2016 election or other Russian acts created to destabilize the US government or weaken alliances between the USA and its Western allies, Trump demurred. "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".

During the press conference, Mr Trump also used his regular "fake news" attack line as he refused to take a question from U.S. network CNN.

That optimism was echoed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who noted that leaders had agreed to a range of initiatives that would make the alliance stronger and better able to quickly respond to new and existing threats such as Russian Federation and terrorism. 4 per cent is what people should be spending.

"Whatever you do is OK with me", Trump said.

"If we can do something to substantially reduce them, I mean, ideally get rid of them, maybe that's a dream, but certainly it's a subject that I'll be bringing up with him", Trump said of his upcoming meeting with Putin. But the couple of times that I've gotten to meet him, we got along very well ... but ultimately, he's a competitor.

"(The) 2 per cent (figure) was a range, a goal, now it's a commitment, it was like this amorphous number out there and now it's a real commitment", he said.

"The U.S. position strikes us as not constructive and in contradiction to the rules of worldwide trade and economic relations", he said.

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