Trudeau Defends Canada's Military Spending Plan To Trump At NATO Summit

Trudeau Defends Canada's Military Spending Plan To Trump At NATO Summit

"I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment and now we're very happy and have a very, very powerful, very very strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, much stronger than it was two days ago", he said in a press conference.

Before anyone even arrived in Brussels, Belgium for Day One of the NATO Summit, Trump was already tweeting his allies about not putting up enough money for worldwide defense.

US President Donald Trump said he is now "very, very happy" because North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies allegedly pledged to increase defence spending to levels "never seen before", despite reports to the contrary.

"We have a very powerful, very strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, much stronger than it was two days ago", he said.

Polish President Andrzej Duda briefs reporters while flying back from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. Trump spent his final hours at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels bludgeoning other leaders but got little in the way of concrete results.

French President Emmanuel Macron, along with other leaders and officials, denied to reporters that the USA president had threatened to quit the defense organization, saying, "President Trump never at any moment, either in public or private, threatened to withdraw from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations".

In Trump's telling, unity was ultimately restored by a new commitment he wrung out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners to increase their military spending to relieve pressure on the USA budget.

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He also said during a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister Theresa May that his administration was "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

European Union figures show Russian Federation may be responsible for between 50 percent and 75 percent of Germany's gas imports, but gas makes up less than 20 percent of Germany's power production mix.

The Canadian military will command a new North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training and capacity building mission in Iraq for its first year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Brussels on Wednesday as part of the alliance's annual summit. Some NATO allies had not exactly heard the same conclusions as Trump around the table, and French President Emmanuel Macron immediately poured cold water on Trump's spending ambitions for other allies.

Instead, he said, the other 28 allies had agreed to increase their defence spending more quickly to meet a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of two percent of their national income within a few years. 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. "It's very detailed", Macron said.

Her comments now are likely to be seen as an attempt to to deal with a hard issue ahead of Mr Trump's first visit to the United Kingdom as president. Moscow said it sees the United States as "partners" and hopes to use the summit to improve bilateral relations with Washington. "Further challenges, like we see them in Syria and Iraq with IS and other terrorist threats, have been added".

Helsinki was most notably the site for the 1975 Helsinki Accords, which helped establish terms for how the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe would engage with national security and human rights issues.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also hold their first meeting in Helsinki during the summit.

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