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Canada part of NATO communique affirming defence spending target despite PM's remarks

Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment.

Speaking after a two-day summit in Brussels, he said allies had committed to spending more than 2% of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets. 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.

Hours later, he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met privately and discussed the pipeline, each reaffirming the partnership between the USA and Germany.

But just days out from a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the mercurial United States leader threatened to throw the transatlantic alliance into disarray. The conspicuous appointment of former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, personal friend of Russian president Vladimir Putin, as chairman of the pipeline's operator, Nord Stream AG, and independent director of the Russian energy giant Rosneft has stoked the view that Russia has captured a permissive Germany's energy supply.

A frustrated Trump has already hinted he may accept Russia's annexation of Crimea as he accepted Israel's annexation of Jerusalem.

Some will say that an unpredictable president such as Donald Trump is the only American leader who could achieve these outcomes - because the fear is real.

Before arriving a half hour late to the final day of meetings on Thursday, Trump tweeted that "the USA pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe", that Germany's oil and gas pipeline with Russian Federation is "not acceptable", and that allies must not only all reach the 2 percent defense spending guideline, but double that to 4 percent.

He complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that member nations meet their pledge to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

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"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending".

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said, "There's a great collegial spirit in that room that I don't think they've had in many years".

Trump heads to Britain on Thursday, where the government is in crisis over Brexit and where tensions with Russian Federation have spiked after London blamed Moscow for the death this month of a British woman from contact with the Novichok nerve agent.

Hours later, after landing in Britain, the assault on diplomatic norms continued.

"We are being played for fools", he reportedly told leaders at a meeting meant to revolve around Georgia and Ukraine.
"They like me a lot in the U.K". "I don't know that is what they voted for".

Representative John Curtis wanted to get his thoughts in print prior to President Donald Trump's trip to Europe, so he published an editorial in the Deseret News.

Trudeau touted his government's long-awaited defence policy review, released last June, as the answer to Trump's latest demands for more spending from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Canada was never expected to agree to Trump's spending demands.

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