Trump Claims "Tremendous" Progress, Says NATO Allies Agreed To Increase Spending After Emergency Meeting

During an impromptu press conference held shortly before he's planned to depart Brussels before heading to the UK, President Trump affirmed that the US's allies in NATO had committed to "substantially up" their defense spending "to levels they have never thought of before." Trump praised the meeting, saying that though it got off to a rough start, Trump and his fellow NATO leaders had made "tremendous progress".

"NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago," Trump said.

 

"NATO is now a fine tuned machine," Trump said, emphasizing the importance of "burden sharing." Trump added that the US's commitment to NATO "remains very strong" and that it would be "unnecessary" for the US to walk away from the alliance, as he had threatened to do.

While the US shouldering much of the financial burden has been "unfair," Trump praised his partners, saying "Germany is coming along," though "we need to figure out what is happening with the pipeline" - a reference to the Nord Stream 2 energy pipeline from Russia, which has been an object of criticism from Trump during this year's conference.

Trump praised the "great collegial spirit" before reiterating a phrase from earlier this year - telling reporters that he's "a very stable genius."

Speaking to reporters after the emergency meeting, Trump said, "I told people that I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their financial commitments substantially."

Turning to the subject of his upcoming meeting with Putin, Trump said that some NATO allies had thanked him for his outreach to Putin. On the subject of Crimea, Trump once again blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, saying "that wouldn't have happened on my watch." As for his relationship with Putin, Trump said the Russian president is a "competitor" but that he hoped one day Putin might become "a friend."

Ahead of the pressers, Trump told NATO leaders that if they did not meet their defense spending targets of 2 percent of gross domestic product by January, the United States would go it alone, according to two officials briefed on the meeting.

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Update: Headlines are rolling in...

  • *TRUMP SAYS U.S.'S NATO ALLIES ARE RAISING DEFENSE SPENDING
  • *TRUMP SAYS U.S. COMMITMENT TO NATO REMAINS VERY STRONG
  • *TRUMP: NATO MEMBERS HAVE `REALLY STEPPED UP' DEFENSE SPENDING
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE WOULD BE `VERY UNHAPPY' IF ALLIES DON'T PAY MORE
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE WAS `EXTREMELY UNHAPPY' YESTERDAY
  • *TRUMP SAYS NATO BETTER OFF TODAY THAN TWO DAYS AGO
  • *TRUMP SAYS `VERY HAPPY' WITH WHAT GERMANY AGREED TO
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE WAS `VERY FIRM' WITH NATO ALLIES YESTERDAY
  • *TRUMP:KEY NATO TASK IS FOR ALLIES TO SPEND 2% OF GDP ON DEFENSE
  • *TRUMP SAYS UNNECESSARY TO WITHDRAW U.S. FROM NATO
  • *TRUMP CITES `GREAT COLLEGIAL SPIRIT' AT NATO SUMMIT
  • *TRUMP SAYS NATO `PROBABLY THE GREATEST EVER DONE', `FINE-TUNED'
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE'S A 'VERY STABLE GENIUS'
  • *TRUMP SAYS PUTIN `MAY DENY' MEDDLING IN U.S. ELECTIONS
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE'LL ASK PUTIN ABOUT `MEDDLING'
  • *TRUMP: U.S. ALLIES' MILITARY BUDGETS UP `LIKE A ROCKET SHIP'
  • *TRUMP SAYS NATO ALLIES THANKED HIM FOR PLAN TO MEET PUTIN
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE'S NOT HAPPY ABOUT CRIMEA
  • *TRUMP SAYS PUTIN IS A "COMPETITOR"
  • *TRUMP SAYS NATO MEETING `WAS A LITTLE TOUGH FOR A LITTLE WHILE'
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE HAS NO MESSAGE ON BREXIT
  • *TRUMP SAYS HE HAS `GREAT RESPECT' FOR HIS CHINESE COUNTERPART
  • *TRUMP SAYS IRAN TREATING U.S. WITH `MUCH MORE RESPECT' NOW

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President Trump is holding an impromptu press conference in Brussels while his fellow NATO leaders are gathered in an unplanned emergency session. The conference is happening amid reports that Trump threatened to pull the US out of NATO.

The speech comes after Trump made a big deal about money and demanded last night that allies meet the 2% threshold immediately, and not by 2024. He has also floated the idea of ‘going it alone’ if allies don’t comply, something which he has said before but he can’t really do without an -- unlikely-- Congress approval.

Finally, he has also suggested the idea of raising the threshold to 4% throwing the summit into turmoil, in much the same way he did at the Group of Seven in Canada.

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Pandelis hgfhfgjuyjjhgj Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:53 Permalink

what none is stating is the while trump talks about nato spending, US has increased the NATO contributions by 40% since trimp came to office.

so, the final result everyone is increasing the spending ... inquiring mind ask WHY ???

 

trump is playing the violine at the deck of Titanic and pulling his clown tricks, while the ship is going full speed ahead toward the iceberg ...

 

lets hope these reporters and think tank thinkers have a first class ticket to the boats ... otherwise, they will go down with the rest of us ... cest la vie ... they pull these tricks many times as a trial, and when it really happens the sheep believes is again a dry run ... until they are blown up ...

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Yellow_Snow freedommusic Thu, 07/12/2018 - 07:49 Permalink

Amerika will NEVER leave NATO  !!!

NATO translation: the USSA military occupation of Europe since 1945.

The reality - Europe is...  and will always be a puppet state...

According to the Department of Defense there are about 40,000 US troops, and 179 US bases in Germany and tens of thousands of troops, with hundreds of bases, all over the rest of Europe.

The USSR is gone...  But the Russian Boogeyman remains alive...

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JimmyJones Freeze These Thu, 07/12/2018 - 07:40 Permalink

The numbers are verifiable and have been numerous times in other articles on Zerohedge, do you actually read them or just comment on Trump articles? Do you think we should stay in NATO? I don't. Do you? Do you think other members pay their agreed share? I don't and the facts support they don't. 

Well happy gas lighting since that seems to be your point here in the comments.

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rwe2late Raisin Hail Thu, 07/12/2018 - 09:50 Permalink

 Don't be superficial.

Trump is NOT advocating reducing US military spending for 'NATO',

and certainly not overall spending reductions for the Pentagon and its contractors.

He is only pushing for MORE European spending

(along with MORE USA spending)....

(he hopes everyone will buy more US-made war goods),

and all to "defend" against ......"Russia"????

 

Please, don't fall for the hubristic sales pitch, "the USA is treated unfairly".

Sniff, sniff, the poor innocent, peaceful, victimized USA.

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Pandelis DingleBarryObummer Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:53 Permalink

what none is stating is the while trump talks about nato spending, US has increased the NATO contributions by 40% since trimp came to office.

so, the final result everyone is increasing the spending ... inquiring mind ask WHY ???

 

trump is just a distraction at the Titanic deck playing the violine, while the ship is going full speed ahead toward the iceberg ...

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nmewn DingleBarryObummer Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:54 Permalink

You having a problem with "our taxpayer money saved" not going to euro-peon MIC's are you?

It's like tough love, sometimes you just have to kick the millennial brat who lives in your basement, who only comes up to stick his head into your fridge and complain that there's never nothing to eat in there...out-of-your-house. 

It's for their own good ;-)

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DingleBarryObummer nmewn Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:58 Permalink

I think fraud and corruption were, are, and will continue to be the status quo. 

Edit: The FED blew this tremendous bubble and we are going to have an immense economic crisis, it's inevitable.  Will Trump use his twitter to educate the unfortunately mostly financially ignorant masses of who the real (((culprit))) is? 

Or, will he let it get blamed on tariffs, tax cuts, or whatever else they will try and blame it on?

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otschelnik DingleBarryObummer Thu, 07/12/2018 - 07:59 Permalink

A bit off topic, but the "cult" for Trump have been asking questions like why are we subsidizing the eurofag's defense, why the post office subsidizes package shipping for Amazon, why the feral gubermint can dictate purchase of insurance (ACA, or Obummercare) to Americans when insurance regulation is one of the constitutional rights delegated to the states (and then argue before supreme court that ACA is a tax).  

You want to talk about a cult of useful idiots - look at Dem voters who can't even formulate when their platform today is, besides impeach Trump and liquidate ICE. 

So in the spirit of national reconciliation, let's stop calling each other stupid, and have a rational adult discussion.  That's what we should try to do. 

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DingleBarryObummer Hobbleknee Thu, 07/12/2018 - 07:14 Permalink

Isn't that obvious?

Super obvious.  The question is, will he let them, or will he use his bully pulpit to fight back?  He's not getting out ahead of it, that's for sure.  Candidate Trump's rhetoric disappeared into the ether. 

The Donald Nailed It: 'We Are in a Big, Fat, Ugly Bubble' - Sept 2016
https://www.newsmax.com/Finance/DavidStockman/donald-trump-bubble-econo…
Trump on Dow 20,000: 'Now we have to go up, up, up' - Jan 2017
http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/26/investing/trump-dow-20000/index.html

Now, look, we have the worst revival of an economy since the Great Depression. And believe me: We’re in a bubble right now. And the only thing that looks good is the stock market, but if you raise interest rates even a little bit, that’s going to come crashing down.
 

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swmnguy Victor von Doom Thu, 07/12/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Have the Europeans actually done anything?  No.  Trump said some things at a presser.  As we should have all learned by now, one should never take anything Trump says at face value.  The Europeans know they face no military threats whatsoever.  If they were willing to cripple their economies through military over-spending as the US has done these past 50 years, they'd have done it by now.

Europeans actually understood diplomacy and temporization (playing for time).  They'll let Trump say whatever he wants to say to reporters and unlike Justin Trudeau, they won't bother correcting or objecting to things Trump simply makes up.  Kim Jong Un understands this as well.  As long as Trump gets the media heat he wants, he really doesn't care what actually happens.

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