Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump claimed victory after bitterly criticizing key allies, notably Germany, for failing to pay their way at one of the most fractious summits in Nato's 70-year history. So we are helping some of those countries get online and buy the best equipment, ' Trump said.

After Trump spoke, French President Emmanuel Macron said nothing had changed from NATO's earlier commitment, despite Trump's claims.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed", Macron said. Macron said France, which a year ago spent 1.8 percent on defence, would meet the target by the 2024 deadline.

And while all member nations have agreed, in principle, to work toward the 2 percent spending goal, each country is ultimately beholden to unique political processes and must consult with their respective parliaments to secure increased military spending.

Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out.

Al Jazeera's diplomatic editor, James Bays, reporting from the Belgian capital, however, said that based on interviews with sources, "nothing it seems, in the closed-door meeting, was resolved".

"They have substantially upped their commitment and now we're very happy and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong NATO, " Trump told reporters shortly before leaving Brussels for London to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth.

'The material, the equipment that we make is so far superior everybody wants to buy our equipment.' But he said long lines are a problem.

The initiative has raised concerns in Europe, where some see increased weapons sales as a key goal of Trump's repeated calls for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to increase their military spending. "I'm a very stable genius".

Trump also singled out Germany over its low-levels of defense spending - it now spends 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense - and renewed his criticism of a controversial gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russian Federation made a day earlier. He is also scheduled to hold his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.

As for what he and Putin will discuss, Trump said Syria will be a main topic - as will Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.

Citing the alliance's Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, he said, "Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit".

"I brought it up, no one brought it up but me. I think 4 percent is the right number".

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the US should pay less.

"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.

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