President Trump declares North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a 'fine-tuned machine' at conclusion of summit

President Trump declares North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a 'fine-tuned machine' at conclusion of summit

It was the most recent in a series of demands and insults that critics fear will undermine the decades-old alliance, coming days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

Mr Trump said countries needed to "step up, not over a 10-year period, they have to step up immediately" adding that other United States presidents had raised the issue but "did not do anything about it".

French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit atmosphere was "much calmer than everyone had said" and he saw a will to maintain the unity of the alliance, while Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Trump was "constructive". Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". The US president has been particularly critical of Germany, accusing Berlin of relying on the US for security while not paying enough into NATO's coffers.

Asked if he would change his tune and tweet something else as he headed to England aboard Air Force One, Trump said, "that's other people that do that".

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it.

"They're propagandists. When I read what the Russian press said that transpired in those meetings, I don't know why - I don't believe them when they say they weren't involved in meddling in USA elections", Moran said.

"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behavior for this to become a reality", she said. Tim Kaine, D-Va. "I'm very anxious".

As devoted believers in the President's selfless "America First" policy, those same supporters also buy into Mr. Trump's torqued claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, Canada included, aren't paying their fair share of the cost of the alliance. "Those regular people that show up for a Trump rally are cheering the attacks on our European allies and cheering 'give a chance to little Putin, '" he complained.

"All NATO Nations must meet their 2per cent commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4per cent!"

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to.

Funding has averaged at about $1 billion annually and Stoltenberg has said he expected that level to be met.

Trump had pushed for an increase to 4 percent - about what the United States spends.

Duda also told reporters Thursday that the leaders' meetings were confidential and that he was surprised at other leaders who leaked details to the media.

Trump said "actual" US military spending is 4.2 percent of GDP, without explaining the big discrepancy.

"The question [on] all sides is not just a tactical one, that is, how to resolve a disagreement, but a strategic one", says Stephen Sestanovich, a senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.