NATO pullout not necessary, says Trump

World | 12 Jul 2018 7:16 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump says he probably can withdraw the U.S. from NATO but that such a step is "unnecessary.''

Published reports said today Trump had threatened during the NATO summit in Brussels to pull the U.S. out of the military alliance in a dispute over defense spending.

Trump says at a news conference that he was "extremely unhappy'' with the situation, but that alliance members have upped their commitment in response to his complaints.

Asked whether he is still threatening to pull out of NATO and whether he can do so without buy-in from Congress, Trump said: "I think I probably can but that's unnecessary.''

NATO members have agreed to pursue defense spending of at least 2 percent of their GDP at a faster rate than the current 2024 timeline.-AP

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