Putin sees Trump as "counterpart" at upcoming talks

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New Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed Mr Trump's demand for our allies to pay more.

"For years presidents have been coming to these meetings and have talked about the tremendous expense to the United States, and tremendous progress has been made", Mr Trump said.

Macron denies that the allies agreed to spending beyond 2%.

Trump himself said that "the U.S. commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains very strong" and withdrawing was "unneccessary".

Despite prior knowledge of the U.S. Justice Department's intent to indict 12 Russian intelligence officers for interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump continued to call the investigation a "witch hunt" and to downplay Russian interference.

"The allies have heard his message loud and clear", Stoltenberg said.

Mr Trump, who on Wednesday singled out Germany in a blistering attack on its record, said he had made clear in Thursday's emergency session that he was "extremely unhappy" with what had been on the table so far.

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Asked if he could accept Russia's annexation with Crimea and still get along with Putin, he said, 'When it comes to Crimea, there's nothing much I have to say about it other than we will look at that just like I'm looking at many disasters that I've taken over'. It's very detailed", he said adding, "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. "I mean, I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom, I think they agree with me on immigration". They're happy to do it. Poles remain grateful to US President Ronald Reagan's role in defeating communism and see the United States as its only real power that could protect it from falling under Moscow's control again.

Mr Trump said he would raise issues of arms control, extending new start treaty, and Russian Federation violations of INF treaty in Putin talks.

"Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment. But I'll very firmly ask the question".

Also responding to Trump's claim, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters at his closing press conference that Canada hadn't committed to spending any new money on defence.

Trump: "Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed". That would mark a significant milestone for the alliance. "The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", said Mr Trump.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro will lead a high-level team attending the Farnborough Airshow outside London next week to advocate on behalf of USA aerospace and defence companies.

They are the most recent charges in the special counsel probe that already has resulted in guilty pleas from three of Trump's campaign aides. Officials said no explicit threat was made.

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But Mr Macron said his U.S. counterpart had not threatened to leave, insisting: "President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw". German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a prime target of Trump over two raucous days.

"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure. The United States, far the biggest economy, spent 3.6 per cent previous year, while Germany, the second biggest, paid out just 1.2 per cent and only a handful of countries met the 2 per cent target.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday also turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, alleging that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

NATO leaders at the opening ceremony for the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Trump also singled out Germany over its low-levels of defense spending - it now spends 1.24 percent of its GDP on defense - and renewed his criticism of a controversial gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russian Federation made a day earlier.

When asked if he was anxious that the Putin-Trump meeting could have negative consequences for Poland, Duda said he expected Trump to continue the US stance of supporting Poland.

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