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Trump once again proclaims himself a 'very stable genius'

Trump once again proclaims himself a 'very stable genius'

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defence budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

That 2024 goal had been set in 2014.

But Mrs. Merkel "has benefited at home from Mr. Trump's attacks, since the USA president is deeply unpopular among the German electorate, as he is with voters across much of Western Europe", The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said. But the USA president is expected to face mass protests during his trip's next leg in London - complete with a giant "Trump baby" balloon - that tens of thousands of people have said they plan to attend.

But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries greatly speed up their progress toward a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending at least two percent of their GDP on defence, which now has a deadline of 2024 with get-out terms available that can stretch it to 2030.

"Trump said things plainly, as it normal between friends and allies. It's very detailed", Macron said. "It reaffirms a commitment to 2 percent in 2024". Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on paper the summit was a success because of binding commitments to present a plan for increased defense spending and the development of the long-awaited Southern Strategy. "We made a tremendous amount of progress today", he told reporters. "Further challenges, like we see them in Syria and Iraq with IS and other terrorist threats, have been added". "I made clear that we are on this path", Merkel said.

Trump then held an impromptu press conference.




When asked by a reporter whether he would be contradicting his statements when he begins to tweet after boarding Air Force One, the president responded: "That's other people that do that". "I'm very consistent", he replied.

When asked if he was going to change his cooperative tone once he's out of the country (as he's been known to do), he replied by referencing one of his greatest hits - "I'm a very stable genius". Tens of thousands of people are likely to protest in the British capital on Friday, while Trump is outside the city at May's country residence Chequers, before visiting Windsor to meet the Queen. Does it benefit the U.S.in any way?

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she knew what it meant to be under Kremlin domination and Germany had the right to make its own policy choices.

Trump later called the meeting a "success".

Trump is arriving amid a swirl of domestic government turmoil as well, with May's government in crisis and her future as prime minister in question following a string of resignations from within her Cabinet over her Brexit strategy.

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship.

May's office said it would not comment on The Sun article during a greeting when Trump met May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to review a military exercise. The president replied, "I think I probably can, but that's unnecessary".


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