Russia hails 'partner' Trump ahead of summit

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Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement that "all patriotic Americans" should know Putin is not "the President's buddy". He then stunned allies by telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four percent.

In Trump's telling, unity was ultimately restored by a new commitment he wrung out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners to increase their military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget.

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As for Trump's demand, Freeland said Canada was a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation co-founder and has contributed to every single alliance mission.

Macron however added that he thought North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was now "much stronger" and dismissed reports that Trump had threatened to pull the United States out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if the spending row was not resolved.

Earlier Friday during a press conference overseas with his British counterpart, Trump vowed to press Putin about his government's interference in the 2016 American election - though he appeared to leave open, as always, the possibility that he won't.

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That said, the most recent major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployments have been in support of US -led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

"Ultimately, that will be going up quite a bit higher than that", he said.

"I think we'll get along well".

Trump blazed into the summit on Wednesday by demanding that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two percent of GDP "immediately"-instead of by 2024 as previously agreed".

Meanwhile, a handful of House and Senate members called on Mr. Trump to cancel the Putin summit, or at least reconsider it. Sen.

In 2014, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries agreed to meet the current spending target over the next decade.

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But there were no immediate specifics on what Trump said he had achieved, and French President Emmanuel Macron quickly disputed Trump's claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have agreed to boost defence spending beyond 2 per cent of gross domestic product. "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?" 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.

At a later press conference, Trump did not deny that he had made the threat, and said he had the authority to take the US out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation without Congress approval but that it was "unnecessary".

Despite his harsh criticism of President Trump's meeting with Putin, Rosenberg is happy with how he has handled North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. She wanted to go a different route.

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