President Donald Trump rebuffed a reporter during Thursday morning’s press conference at the NATO summit, declaring NATO “stronger” after Trump’s push for countries to meet their spending commitments before his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. President pushed even harder at this summit than he did at the 2017 summit for NATO partners to meet their previously agreed upon two percent spending threshold.
Trump said that by the end of the conference NATO partners had agreed to make “substantial” spending increases to meet their two percent of GDP spending obligations at a faster pace than previously agreed upon.
NATO partners discussed the pipeline “at length,” Trump said during Thursday’s press conference.
President Trump further pointed to a conflict with Germany sending money to Russia while NATO partners spend money to protect against Russia.