After raising the threat of the US leaving NATO, Trump said on Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America's allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments "very substantially". Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, said Thursday that he believes Russian Federation is worthy of being designated a state sponsor of terrorism.
Following the summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was careful not to contradict the president's claim of a substantial increase in spending but was only able to directly point to members' existing 2 percent commitments. Trump called those commitments a major victory; they were first made in 2014.
Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the U.S. out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".
Asked when exactly the allies would now reach their two percent of GDP target, Trump said it would be over the coming years.
He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "more co-ordinated" and there's a "better spirit for NATO" - surprising sentiments considering Trump has long made his disdain for the alliance well known, and had even threatened to pull the US out of the alliance over the spending dispute. "I made clear that we are on this path".
'One of the things that we have we have many wealthy countries with us today, but we have some that aren't so wealthy, ' Trump said. The communique welcomes "four consecutive years of real growth in non-US defence expenditure" and says all allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defence in real terms.
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Trump also singled out Germany and its chancellor Angela Merkel for criticism, a day after saying Berlin had become a "captive of Russia" because of a gas pipeline deal and should be paying more for defense. Germany, Europe's richest country, spends just 1.24% on defense, and it's an unpopular topic there.
The Nato leaders, gathered in Brussels, held an unplanned emergency meeting earlier on Thursday after Mr Trump told allies to immediately increase their defence spending, diplomatic sources said.
At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London. I don't. I'm very consistent. Though NATO allies have squabbled in the past, Trump seemed to be leaving in his wake not just bruised feelings, but deeper concerns about the future of the Western alliance that has served as a bedrock of the global order.
The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most hard in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defence.
Conway said Trump is looking for a "commonality" with Russian Federation in order to work for "peace and prosperity", and contrary to Barack Obama, has been "transparent" about his Russian Federation policy.