Donald Trump's great (and contentious) adventure

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

However, the $33-40bn figures appear to be a reference to increased spending since 2014.

Mr Trump is annoyed because only the US, Britain, Estonia and Greece now meet the two per cent target, with America spending the most at 3.5 per cent.

At the same time Washington wanted to put on paper its concerns over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 president election in the United States, the newspaper said, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

"It's very detailed", Macron said.

Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed Mr Trump's demands for allies which were not hitting the 2pc target to do more.

Pentagon leaders ordered a "damage control" operation within hours after President Donald Trump left North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels Thursday to reassure European military officials that the United States will stand behind its commitments to defense, according to current and former diplomatic and military officials.

When the summit resumed for a session with the leaders of non-members Ukraine and Georgia, Trump failed to appear for almost an hour, officials said.

At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the USA on trade and needed to immediately boost spending.

The second day of the defence pact meeting was disrupted and repeatedly rescheduled, as Trump's insistence on renegotiating his allies' defence budgets took precedence over issues such as Ukraine and Georgia's vulnerability to Russian Federation.

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During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP.

Mr Stoltenberg said the president had injected a "new sense of urgency" into the discussions on "burden-sharing".

In response to a question about the atmosphere during the working session and whether European leaders feel blackmailed by the US, Radev said the atmosphere in the hall was not "one of the most pleasant". Trump said the discussion "was really something". No, I don't know him well enough.

It doesn't require, or even request, that countries spend 4 percent of their gross domestic protest on their own defense. "I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here I don't think", Trump said.

With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with Nato's key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy".

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters. "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.

On spending, he said "we are stepping up as never before, allowing U.S. spending to go down", and there was a "new sense of urgency due to president Trump's strong leadership on defence spending".

He said that the decision to reach two per cent, which had been very hard to achieve in Bulgaria, would be fulfilled in the term of office of the next government, Radev said.

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