Trump says committed to NATO as allies up spending

US President Donald Trump addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 12 July 2018
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Trump says committed to NATO as allies up spending

  • Alliance Secretary-General says Trump’s actions have made NATO stronger
  • Donald Trump says the United States' commitment to NATO 'remains very strong'

BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States’ commitment to NATO “remains very strong” after a summit in Brussels at which he said allies had made unprecedented commitments to increase spending on their own defense.
“NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago,” Trump told reporters, describing an unscheduled crisis meeting of the 29 alliance leaders on Thursday morning as “fantastic” and having “a great collegial spirit.”
“The US were not treated fairly but now we are. I believe in NATO,” Trump told a press conference after the fraught NATO summit in Brussels.

Later alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference that Trump’s actions had made NATO stronger.

Asked about a closed-door meeting in which officials said Trump told allies to reach a NATO target or the United States would "go it alone", Stoltenberg said: "We had a very frank and open discussion... That discussion has made NATO stronger. It has created a new sense of urgency," he said.

"The fact that we had this open discussion has also clearly stated that we will redouble our efforts and it also shows that a clear message from President Trump is having an impact."


Trump says “big results will come” with Putin

Updated 16 min 10 sec ago
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Trump says “big results will come” with Putin

  • Trump sought to calm the storm over what critics said was his failure to hold Putin accountable
  • Trump shied away from criticizing Putin for Moscow’s actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on US intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he got on well with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Finland and “big results will come.”
“So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!” he said on Twitter.
“While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success. Many positive things will come out of that meeting,” he tweeted.
Trump sought on Tuesday to calm the storm over what critics said was his failure to hold Putin accountable for what US intelligence agencies said was meddling in the 2016 US election, saying he misspoke in the joint news conference in Helsinki.
Trump on Monday shied away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow’s actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on US intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some US lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia. Putin denies any Russian interference in the vote.
“I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,’” Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin. “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’“
Trump hailed last week’s NATO summit in Europe as victory for his tough stance of demanding the United States’ European allies make big new defense spending pledges.