Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

Trump hails 'tremendous progress' on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence spending

It hasn't. Not even close.

Trump boasted of his intellectual prowess at a surprise press conference in Brussels at which he announced North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member nations had caved to his demands by making significant pledges to increasing defense spending.

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"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".

There's a lot of misinformation to unpack here.

But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.

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"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially", he told reporters.

That hasn't happened, at least not yet.

"The clear message from President Trump is having an impact", he said.

He said that the decision to reach two per cent, which had been very hard to achieve in Bulgaria, would be fulfilled in the term of office of the next government, Radev said.

THE FACTS: Despite attempts to tone down differences, Trump continues to leave doubts about the depth of his commitment to the alliance.

"When you look at what we've done in terms of Russian Federation, I guarantee whoever it is in Russian Federation, they're saying 'oh gee, we wish that Trump was not the victor in that election?" In 2017, it rose by an estimated 5.28%, and in 2018 by an estimated 3.78%. And it was almost $20 trillion in the first quarter of this year. "I don't think you'll have any Perry Mason here".

Since then eight of the 29 allies have managed to achieve the 2 per cent level, and a majority have budget plans to reach it by 2024. "The commitment was at 2 percent". The first official estimate for the second quarter of 2018 won't be released until July 27. "Therefore there is no additional spending", he said Thursday.

Tensions rose on the final day of the two-day summit, when members met in an emergency session amid demands from Trump to speed up defense spending. But the defense budget is not tied to the GDP.

However, the US President suggested he wanted the target to rise to 4% of GDP.

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