Trump says ‘I believe in Nato’ after reports he was threatening to pull US out of alliance

The Independent | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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Donald Trump has said he "believes in Nato" after conflicting reports he was threatening to pull the US out of the alliance.

In a press conference following a crisis meeting among Nato members, the US president said he was satisfied by members' commitment to increase spending.

Allies - US

He said that allies were probably worried because the US was not being treated fairly, but now it was.

“Countries are going to start upping their commitments… I let them know I was extremely unhappy with what was happening, and they have substantially upped their commitments.”

End - While

"It all came together at the end. It was a little tough for a little while."

He also sought to take full credit for what he termed an emboldened Nato.

Nato - Days

"We have a very powerful, very strong Nato, much stronger than it was two days ago," he said.

Citing the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, he said: "Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit. Because I said it was unfair."

Amid - Mr - Trump - US - Alliance

Amid rumours that Mr Trump was threatening to pull the US out of the alliance, the Lithuanian president denied the suggestion.

Asked if he could pull the US out of Nato without the approval of Congress, Mr Trump said: "I think I probably can, but that’s unnecessary."

Donald - Trump - Nato

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