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NATO Leaders Hold Unplanned Emergency Session After Trump Threatens To Withdraw

The last day of the NATO leaders’ summit has started off just as dramatically as the first one, when Trump accused Germany of being a “captive of Russia” due to Merkel’s imports of Russian gas and her unwillingness to scrap the Nord Stream gas pipeline as Trump has demanded.

According to media reports, one day after Trump repeatedly slammed NATO, demanding that the alliance must “pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY”…

… while also setting a new target of 4% which should also be hit, German dpa news agency reported that President Trump had threatened to pull the U.S. out of NATO if its allies do not “immediately” increase defense spending.

This appears to have had an immediate effect, because just minutes later, in what Bloomberg dubbed an “unexpected twist”, NATO leaders held an unscheduled meeting to discuss the alliance budget this morning.

One of the officials said the meeting takes place against the backdrop of Trump threatening allies to “go it alone” unless if they agree to increase their defense budget immediately. A White House spokeswoman wasn’t immediately available to comment.

The question of NATO spending is clearly prevalent, and as Bloomberg further adds, Trump used his session with Ukraine and Georgia to return to the question of NATO members’ defense spending and used a “harsher” tone than yesterday.

He targeted Germany in particular and referred to “Angela” more than once, saying something to the effect that she can do more. He also apparently referred to the cost of the new NATO headquarters.

As a result of this twist, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called a session of the NATO leaders.

Meanwhile, as he often does, Trump took his NATO attack directly to the people, tweeted early on Thursday that “billions of additional dollars are being spent by NATO countries since my visit last year, at my request, but it isn’t nearly enough,”

He also tweeted. “Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russia. They pay only a fraction of their cost. The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!”

He then echoed his statement from yesterday: “Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!”

Perhaps Trump’s highly unorthodox measures just may be successful in stimulating NATO member states to finally spend as much as required. Alternatively, NATO may be on the verge of dissolution, bringing some more smiles to the Kremlin.