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

13 July 2018, 03:02 | Hattie Nash

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

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels Belgium Thursday

President Donald J. Trump speaks during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, July 12, 2018.

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment", President Trump told reporters, going on to repeat the claim that he had secured new commitments 10 more times during a press conference in Brussels.

Angela Merkel did not address the U.S. President's comments directly when she spoke to reporters before leaving Brussels, but made her position clear that Germany had already been increasing its commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

It's a typically Donald Trump approach to diplomacy and getting things done - he likes to sign pieces of paper that are largely symbolic, he attacks allies on Twitter but keeps sweet in person - and he sabre-rattles using the gravitas of the United States to get his way.

He said the US commitment to NATO and members' pledges to mutual defense are "exactly as the president described it - 100 percent committed to NATO", Reuters reported.

Trump spent 28 hours in Brussels.

Trump: "The commitment was at 2% [GDP], ultimately that will be going quite a bit higher than that."

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A new poll shows that a plurality of Germans favor a drawdown of US troops, and only 15 percent believe that Germany should raise its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev confirmed that Trump had made the demand and asked what it meant for the future of the alliance that has been the bedrock of European security for 70 years.

As representatives from the alliance's 29 member states return to their respective countries - or, in the case of USA president Donald Trump, travel on to meet his Russian and British counterparts - the participants will all be trying to make sense of what happened. And as Europe free-rides off our defense effort, the European Union runs trade surpluses at our expense that exceed $100 billion a year.

With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with NATO's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy".

Trump has described the spending situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the USA out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

The Metro carries a picture of the two leaders together, with the main story on Donald Trump's views that many Britons agree with him.

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"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 behaviour for this to become a reality", she said.

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.

Still, the tone Trump projected wasn't one of concern for German independence.

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

There, while on board Air Force 1, he used his Twitter feed to rescind his support of a joint communique and slam Trudeau personally after hearing the prime minister repeat Canada's insistence it would defend itself from US aggression on trade.

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