Offbeat Macron Denies Trump Claim That NATO Allies Agreed to Increase Spending Beyond Goals

15:31  12 july  2018
15:31  12 july  2018 Source:   mediaite.com

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Macron denies Trump 's claim that NATO powers agreed to increase defense spending – AP. Published time: 12 Jul, 2018 11:18 Edited time: 12 Jul, 2018 11:18.

The allies agreed to a NATO Readiness Initiative, which would allow the group American presidents have long pressed their NATO counterparts to increase military spending . Continue reading the main story. Photo. Mr. Trump met with President Emmanuel Macron of France on Wednesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference on the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018.© Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference on the second day of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018. President Donald Trump on Thursday said NATO allies agreed to “substantially up their commitment” to the alliance after he told leaders he was “extremely unhappy.”

“Tremendous progress has been made. Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before,” Trump said at his press conference in Brussels.

“Commitments were made,” he said. “The commitment was at 2 percent, ultimately that’ll be going up quite a bit higher than that.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron denies Mr. Trump ’s claim that NATO powers agreed to increase defence spending beyond previous targets. United States President Donald Trump hailed a personal victory at a NATO ( North Atlantic Treaty Organization ) summit on July 12, saying allies

US President Donald Trump has suggested that Nato allies double their defence spending targets, as member countries struggle to meet their current funding goals . President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during their bilateral meeting ( AP Photo/Pablo Martinez

French President Emmanuel Macron denied that any NATO members had agreed to boost contributions beyond 2 percent GDP.

“There is a communique that was published yesterday. It’s very detailed,” Macron said, per the Associated Press. “It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. That’s all.”

Macron also denied reports that Trump had threatened to withdraw from the NATO alliance.

“President Trump never at any moment, either in public or in private, threatened to withdraw from NATO,” Macron said.

European Council President: U.S. 'won't have a better ally' than EU .
President of the European Council Donald Tusk sent a message to President Donald Trump via Twitter."U.S. doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU. We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China," Tusk wrote on Twitter after tagging Trump's account.

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