'We are being played for fools': Unpredictable Trump on show at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

U.S. President Donald Trump walks off stage after holding a news conference before departing the NATO Summit in Brussels Belgium Thursday

'We are being played for fools': Unpredictable Trump on show at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

"They're here as a prime minister or as a president, and they can't necessarily go in and say, 'This is what we're going to do.' But they're going back for approvals", Trump said, acknowledging the political realities.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish". "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024". "And that's fine. Of course, they kill us on trade".

Trump tweeted that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security.

In addition, Wallace said he will ask the Russian president about the summit with Trump and where the two sides stand on contentious issues like NATO, Syria and Ukraine.

Asked about pressures on countries with weaker finances, he said, "We have many wealthy countries with us today but we have some that aren't so wealthy and they did ask me if they could buy the military equipment, and could I help them out, and we will help them out a little bit", he told a news conference.

"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him".

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According to CNN, he said: "I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".

But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the US from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.

Trump's repeated comments certainly go beyond the concerns raised by others. "I made the point for Germany that we know we have to do more". But he reiterated his demand that US allies spend more on defense. Trump wants the spending to go up to 4% of GDP, which is more than even the US now spends on defense. "He may deny it", Trump told reporters.

Nothing has changed since Trump arrived in Brussels. That was just one of several helicopter rides on the agenda for Trump, whose staff opted to keep him largely out of central London and the swarms of demonstrators who are likely to provide some of the defining images of his first official trip to the United Kingdom. Tens of thousands of people are likely to protest in the British capital on Friday, while Trump is outside the city at May's country residence Chequers, before visiting Windsor to meet the Queen.

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the US should pay less. He described the U.K.as a "hot-spot with lots of resignations".

Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship. Instead, they said, members reaffirmed the need to stay on track with military-budget increases that have already been underway and were branded insufficient by Trump a day earlier. "I think it's fine", he said.

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