Trump threatens to pull United States out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.

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. The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024.

"That is all", Macron said.

At present, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has 29 members and few have reached this goal - only five North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are expected to meet the 2% target by the end of the year.

Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic. And he said Canada has promised to reverse a decline in military resources with an eye towards the two per cent target.

NATO leaders at the opening ceremony for the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Describing the dynamics of the talks, he said, "I was using the term a lot today: burden-sharing". Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". "But I'll very firmly ask the question".

Referring to an ongoing investigation into ties between his election campaign and Russian Federation, he decried a "rigged witch-hunt" that was hurting the United States and its relationship with Russian Federation. "I made clear that we are on this path", Merkel said.

Speaking at Chequers Friday at the official country residence of the prime minister, Trump said he also would bring up Ukraine, Syria, the Middle East, and nuclear proliferation when he meets with Putin. "Because I said it was unfair".

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Mr. Perez said the "chilling" reality is that the Russian officials indicted had access to the highest levels of the Russian government.

Trump's comments came in a wide-ranging news conference after a special meeting on defense spending.

Democrats pounced on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's indictment of a dozen Russian military officers for their efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election, with some saying Monday's Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit should be canceled. "I just don't know him very well".

On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. He may deny it, ' Trump said. I mean, it's one of those things.

Trump later called the meeting a "success".

"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests. "Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval - and which they will get - to go to 2 percent".

At the contentious two-day summit that wrapped up Thursday, Trump intensified accusations that other nations in the 29-member alliance were not paying their fair share on defense.

Trump is set to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for their first ever summit in Helsinki on July 16 though Moscow said the former's remarks were unlikely to affect what was always going to be a hard summit between two countries known to have several differences, the Reuters report added.

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