President Donald Trump reiterated the USA commitment to NATO Thursday after a contentious meeting in which he said allies agreed to raise defense spending by $33 billion amid his reported threats to withdraw.
Trump threw the summit into turmoil by demanding not only that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to 2 per cent of GDP "immediately" - instead of by 2024 as previously agreed - but also telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing 4 per cent.
Trump hailed a personal victory for his own strategy in complaining loudly that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budgets were unfair to USA taxpayers, and the emergence of what he said was a warm consensus around him.
According to diplomats, he plunged the summit into chaos on Thursday by saying that the USA would "go it alone", if European states failed to boost their spending to at least 2% by January.
President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).
The summit's dramatic, chaotic conclusion - complete with the US president suddenly making demands following a formal communique - bore a striking similarity to Trump's departure from last month's G7 meetings in Quebec.
He continued: "Nato is much stronger than it was two days ago".
In 2017, the alliance saw its biggest increase in defense spending "in a generation", he said, signaling to his aggrieved ally in the White House that "we see that all Allies have started to increase defense spending based on the national plans we have agreed to develop a year ago".
"Indeed, we're increasing it by 70 per cent over the next decade", Trudeau said.
She said: "I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. We have a tremendous relationship with Germany".
"In that we also defend the interests of the United States".
Unlike at the Group of 7 meeting in Quebec last month, Trump did not refuse to sign the declaration negotiated among officials of the member nations, although it was a mark of how much uncertainty he has created that his agreement to the basic statement of principles and goals was not a foregone conclusion.
Shelby pointed to the importance of Trump being properly briefed ahead of the sit-downs.
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. "You know, he's done so well in his negotiations", he said, "I'm not about to second-guess how he's doing it".