Trump Offers to Help NATO Members Buy US Weapons

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Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump landed at Stansted Airport, 40 miles northeast of the British capital Thursday afternoon local time. In June, after Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G7 (after being booted over Crimea), Obama national security adviser Susan Rice called Trump's comments "very destructive".

I mean, the president now moving on to London and then to a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki - a meeting that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are obviously going to be looking at and watching closely.

Leaders had gone into the second day, set to focus mainly on ending the long war in Afghanistan, with low expectations, showing the extent of European frustration with Trump's "America first" policies among the other 28 members of the alliance.

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the US should pay less.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed there had been a "frank and open" discussion, but Mr Macron denied reports the president had threatened to pull out of the 69-year-old Western alliance if he did not get his way.

"I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially because the United States has been paying a tremendous amount".

He also renewed a demand that they even double that - though many question what they could usefully spend it on.

He also took aim at Turkish Stream, a pipeline in construction created to bring Russian gas under the Black Sea to the European territory of Turkey. "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024". He wanted 4 percent. Trump this week reportedly floated a spending commitment of 4 percent of GDP, which is more than even the USA pays. With a European Union strained by powerful forces of the left and right struggling for supremacy from Britain to the Baltics, with immigrants clamoring for entry and ever newer torments from its ancestral enemy Russia, NATO has been a single constant that has stood largely unchallenged.

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He said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday".

And the president's declaration was also directly contradicted by one of his closest personal allies, French President Emanuel Macron. "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

Trump used a session to intended for discussion of Georgia and Ukraine - two countries that have tense relations with Russian Federation - to trumpet his spending concerns and rail against European countries, including Germany and Spain, for failing to contribute more to their defenses and relying too heavily on the largesse of the United States.

"So that was on Barack Obama's watch".

"I'm sorry, they're for White House staff", they were told as they tried to grab vacant seats at the front. That would be an interesting argument if Trump didn't have his own very public bromance with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Earlier Thursday, he repeated his complaint that the United States carries a trade deficit with the European Union even as those countries rely on US aid to pay for their defense.

Trump, in a series of tweets from Brussels, said that, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".