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

Justin Trudeau

"You never know but let's see, perhaps there will be a conversation about concrete visits to Moscow or to Washington", Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Friday, calling the summit "the main event of the summer". "It was a little tough for a little while".

Mr Trump said he would be discussing the civil war in Syria, the conflict in Ukraine, as well as allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election. Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out.

Trump said he does not anticipate a "Perry Mason" moment when he confronts Putin on the issue, a reference to a decades-old USA television courtroom drama, and he predicted Putin would continue to deny the allegations.

Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.

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He slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for mishandling the aftermath of the June terror attack in the British capital. The first lady wore a bodycon beige dress, cinched with an orange skinny belt, accessorized with beige stilettos.

Trudeau called the military spending target - two per cent of GDP, agreed to by all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies at the 2014 summit in Wales - "an easy shorthand" but also a "limited tool" to measure a country's commitment to the alliance.

Trump himself accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russian Federation due to a multi-billion-dollar pipeline deal, complaining that Germany and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies "pay only a fraction" of the cost of defending Europe. He seemed to suggest a speeded-up timeline, saying nations would be "spending at a much faster clip", which if it panned out would mark a significant milestone for the alliance. He said he was "extremely unhappy" with the situation, but that alliance members have upped their commitments to defense spending in response to his complaints.

He continued: "And now we're very happy and have a very, very powerful, very, very strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, much stronger than it was two days ago".

"The U.S. position strikes us as not constructive and in contradiction to the rules of worldwide trade and economic relations", he said. "Because I said it was unfair". "At them, we reach an understanding about something, which afterwards is scrapped, modernisation projects constantly are postponed, they (the government) constantly find reasons". Trump has a tendency to talk to and about people like they wholeheartedly agree with him, which made for some awkward moments for the French prez.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea called at midday Thursday and offered to meet on Sunday instead. North Korea said Saturday it was seeking the "earliest start of the working-level talks" on the recovery of USA remains.

Merkel said: "We had a very intense summit".

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending". But that doesn't change the fact that he had no preparation before he went to Europe... But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries spend more immediately.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) tweeted to Trump: "Don't hand another dictator a propaganda victory".

Excerpts from Trump's bombshell interview were published Thursday just as the president was scheduled to dine with May at the palace. Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic.

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France stars Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly and Laurent Blanc raise the Fifa World Cup after winning it in Paris in 1998. " Croatia will win the World Cup! ".

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