NATO Defence Spending Hike: Trump Claims Victory, Macron Disagrees


United States President Donald Trump hailed a personal victory at a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit on July 12, saying allies had sharply increased defence spending commitments after he provoked a crisis session with a tirade at European leaders.

“I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn’t up their commitments,” an ebullient President told reporters after the second day of the Brussels meeting, when NATO leaders huddled with Mr. Trump to try to defuse a crisis.

But French President Emmanuel Macron denied Mr. Trump’s claim that NATO powers agreed to increase defence spending beyond previous targets. Read More

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