President Trump refused to do business as usual at the NATO summit in Brussels last Thursday forcing an ’emergency session’. Reports revealed Trump insisted on keeping defense funding front and center until it was addressed. Following the meeting, President Trump declared: “We’ve accomplished a lot with respect to NATO…everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment, they are going to up it to levels they never thought of before.” This is a major concession for NATO allies who have benefitted for decades from American defense spending for the protection of the entire Western hemisphere.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
President Donald J. Trump appeared to have met his key objectives for the Brussels NATO summit Thursday, revealing that alliance members would “substantially” increase their commitments, and much faster than previously planned.
The comments came at a surprise press conference called after an emergency session of NATO ally leaders Thursday morning. The meeting had begun as a planned multilateral discussion between NATO, Georgia, and Ukraine, but Trump’s insistence on discussing the poor state of defense funding among the majority of members led to alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg declaring the meeting an “emergency session”.
Foreign leaders including those of Ukraine, Georgia, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had to leave the room, which was then restricted to the most senior leaders of NATO member nations.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
Speaking after the conclusion of the meeting, President Trump said that while he had expressed to his fellow world leaders that he was “extremely unhappy”, he hailed them for having agreed to “substantially up their commitment”.
The President said: “We’ve accomplished a lot with respect to NATO… everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment, they are going to up it to levels they never thought of before.”