After raising the threat of the US leaving NATO, Trump said Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America's allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments "very substantially".
She said Trump raised the topic of better burden-sharing and more spending by Germany, "as has been discussed for months", and that "we made clear that we're on the way".
Trump closed out the tumultuous two-day summit by reaffirming the United States' commitment to the almost 70-year-old alliance and signing the joint declaration, despite spending much of the summit berating allies over defence spending and accusing Germany of being beholden to Russia because it buys Russian natural gas. Partners including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker therefore left the discussion.
Even though Trump suggested he could probably withdraw the United States from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if he wanted to, he conceded "that is unnecessary" because he felt his relentless hectoring had forced other nations to spend more than NATO's long-term goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense.
"Putin is not a good guy, he's evil, and so we've got to make sure we get out of this meeting that should have never happened in the first place without doing something that's not helpful", he said.
Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday. But he did not rule out recognising Rissia's annexation of Crimea. Trump has said next week's meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" part of his European tour.
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.
On Thursday, Trump reiterated his criticism of NATO in a tweet, stating, " Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation.
Referring to an ongoing investigation into ties between his election campaign and Russian Federation, he decried a "rigged witch-hunt" that was hurting the United States and its relationship with Russian Federation.
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"I think we'll get along well".
He said the presidents would meet one on one with just their interpreters.
"It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024".
Macron denies that the allies agreed to spending beyond 2%.
After Putin complained that White House officials tried to stop their phone call from happening, Trump told Putin, "Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them", according to NYT via The Hill.
"They agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly", he said, though he did not name countries or give a timeline or figure.
"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in the presence of reporters.
Trump's comments came in a wide-ranging news conference after a special meeting on defense spending.
"Someone said, 'Is he an enemy?' No, he is not my enemy".
He earlier infuriated Chancellor Angela Merkel by claiming Germany had been left "captive" and was "totally controlled" by Moscow because of a gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation. Most officials and the invited leaders of non-NATO Afghanistan and Georgia were ushered out.