Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have agreed to spending increases

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Duda said he would be "shocked" if Trump made any move would decrease the region's security.

However, the US President suggested he wanted the target to rise to 4% of GDP. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation", he said.

But when pressed on the figures, he referred only to the 40 billion dollars in increased spending which allies had promised since Mr Trump became president.

At one point, Macron interrupted his speech for nearly a minute, waiting for Trump to finish his private conversation and refocus on the meeting.

Trump on Wednesday urged members of the alliance to meet their commitment of at least 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, and eventually 4 percent.

Trump also singled out Germany over its low-levels of defense spending - it now spends 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense - and renewed his criticism of a controversial gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russian Federation made a day earlier.

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets while USA taxpayers - funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income - foot much of NATO's bills.

"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday". The secretary-general added that the sum was substantial, but "further substantial funds" were needed.

"I think we will be able to", he said.

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He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

"The strength of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is that despite these differences, we have always been able to unite around our core task to protect and defend each other because we understand that we are stronger together than apart", Stoltenberg told Trump over breakfast.

"I believe through strength you get peace", he said. Wednesday's agreement, he said, "confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024". "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us".

Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian premier who Trump said gave him "total credit" for a successful summit, told reporters: "We had a very frank and open discussion".

Sources familiar with the first round of closed-door talks on Thursday told the Reuters news agency that Mr. Trump carried his firm stance on military spending from Twitter into the meeting rooms.

"Putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor", McCain said in the statement. I look forward to the meeting. I dont know if that's what they voted for.

"The question [on] all sides is not just a tactical one, that is, how to resolve a disagreement, but a strategic one", says Stephen Sestanovich, a senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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 Mr. Trump.

"Our president, the orange guy Trump, is in Belgium right now at the NATO Summit, fighting over how many ways they will split the check", Kimmel said.

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