Watch Trump’s full news conference at NATO summit

thank you very much everybody appreciate it we’ve had a very amazing today. And Brussels and if we really accomplished a lot with respect to Nato four years presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the expense the tremendous expense for the United States and tremendous progress has been made when’s agreed to substantially up their commitment they’re going to up at at levels that they’ve never thought of before prior to last year where I attended my first meeting it was going down the amount of money being spent about countries was going down and down very substantially and now it’s going up very substantially and commitments were made only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that’s now change the commitment 2% ultimately that will be going up quite a bit higher than that so we are we made a tremendous amount of progress today it’s been a bad at a minimum they estimate and they going to be giving you exact numbers but last year they raised an additional 33 billion dollars that’s been put up by the various countries not including the United States and the United States commitment to Nato is very slow remains very strong but primarily because everyone the spirit they have the amount of money that willing to spend the additional money that they will be putting up has been really really amazing to see it to see the level of spirit in that room is incredible and I hope that we’re going to be able to get along with Russia I think that we probably will be able to the people in the room think so but they never the less I really stepped up their commitment and stepped it up like they never have before so we took in an additional 33 at the number could actually be higher than 40 where they give you the final number the secretary-general Shelton Berg will be giving those or sometime today probably in his concluding a press statement but we are we are doing numbers like they’ve never done before or ever seen before and you’ll be seeing that and I guess you’ll be hearing that a little bit later okay we have our secretary of state as you know and we have John is here so if you have any questions for the three of us Mike Pompeo just got back from May 3rd did you know to North Korea’s become a to expert on the trips to North Korea the best way to get there the best way to get out and he gets along very well he’s doing a great job over there yes ma’am I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn’t up their commitment or substantially because the United States has paying a tremendous amount of probably 90% of the cost of NATO and now people are going to start and countries are going to start upping their commitment so I let them know yesterday actually I was surprised you didn’t pick it up it took till today but yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially up their commitment you and now we’re very happy and have a very very powerful very very strong made of stronger than it was 2 days ago yes mam yes hi how are you I know you’re very famous on television well they were probably worry cuz the United States was not being treated fairly but now we are because the commitment has been up so much so now they are and I was very firm yesterday you have to understand I know a lot of the people in the room I was here last year I let them know last year in a less firm additional 33 billion dollars I think going to 40 billion but it’s 33 million dollars as of today and then today and yesterday I was probably a little bit more firm but I believe in NATO and that is a very important probably the greatest ever done but the United States was paying for anywhere from 70 to 90% of it depending on the way you calculate that’s not fair to the United States in addition to that as you know we’re in negotiations with EU and we’re going to be meeting with them next week we’ve been treated very unfairly aren’t radar Farmers have been shut out of the European Union now you can say they’re different but basically to a large extent of the same countries so I think we’re going to be able to Bentley fairly I tried we’ll see what happens but I can tell you that date or Now is really a fine-tuned machine people are paying money that they never paid before they’re happy to do it and the United States is being treated much more fairly yes sir did you win any concessions in your meeting and discussions with the German Chancellor when it comes to German defense spending and also this issue of purchasing energy from that’s a bike ready to seeing here at NATO you’re only enabling president to further disturb things in Ukraine in Georgia that have you considered putting up tremendously you know the additional funds at a level that nobody never seen before I don’t think that’s helping Russia I think that NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago I think that NATO was not doing what they were supposed to be doing a lot of the countries and we were doing much more than we should have been frankly we were caring too much of a burden that’s why we call it burden-sharing I was using the term a lot today burden-sharing we had a fantastic meeting at the end 29 countries and they are putting up a lot Germany is increased very substantially their time. And Germany’s coming along and we still have to figure out what’s going on with the pipeline because the pipeline is coming in from Russia so we can have to figure that I brought it up nobody brought it up but me and we all are talking about it now and actually I think the world is talking about it now maybe more than anything else but we’re going to figure that out a butt and frankly maybe everybody could have a good relationship skip with Russia so they’ll be a lot less problem with the pipeline but that to me that was a very major point of contention we discussed it at life today Germany has agreed to do a lot better than they were doing and do every happy with we had a very good relationship with Angela Merkel yes are you still threatening to potentially pull the United States out of NATO for any reason and do you believe you can do that without congress’s explicit support the approval I think I probably can but Jerry and the people have stepped up today like they’ve never stepped up before and remember the word 33 billion dollars more and you’ll hear that from and everybody in the room thank me there’s a great collegial spirit in that room that I don’t think they’ve had in many years and they’re very strong so yeah no problem no problem what did they commit to doing what they’re doing is spending at a much faster clip they’re going up to the 2% level as they have a lot of things so you know they’re here is a prime minister as a president that they can’t necessarily go in and say this is what we’re going to do but they’re going back for approvals summer at 2% others have agreed definitely to go to 2% and some are going back together bruval and which they will get to go to 2% after were 2% will start talking about going higher but I said ultimately we should be in years in advance we should be at 4% I think 4% it’s the right number now the United States the way you calculate it was at 4.2% that I said that’s unfair and we have the largest GDP by far especially since we’ve increased it by so much since the thing called the election or GDP is gone way up and the fact that our GDP one way up that means we’re paying for even more which is very unfair so I explained that we we will go to much higher than 2% into the future but right now we’re getting people up to 2% and that’ll take place over a fairly short period of time a short number of years okay weather San Diego message but some people ask themselves where you be tweeting differently once you board the Air Force One thank you know that other people to do that I don’t I’m very consistent I’m a very stable genius yeah go ahead with CNN how are you quick question with regards to a Germany and the comments that you made by yesterday potentially leaving NATO about insulting Germany’s sovereignty to Piers by suggesting they are totally controlled by Russia hot with regards to increasing fan swim is there an updated time line or their specific countries you could say because the majority of them already planning to meet that 2% threshold by 2024 28 or 30 yeah I think it’s a very effective way to to deal but I didn’t deal exactly the way you said I have great respect for Germany my father’s from Germany both of my parents are from the EU despite the fact they don’t treat as well on trade but I think that’ll change also and I think we’ll see that because on the 25th of July and they’re coming in to start negotiations with page will see and if they don’t negotiate in good faith will do something having to do with all of the millions of cars that are coming into our country and being taxed at a virtually zero level at a very low level but Jeremy I think it’s been a very effective way of negotiating but I’m not negotiating I just want fairness for the United States we’re paying for Pharr too much of May tornadoes very important but NATO is helping Europe more than it’s helping us at the same time it’s very good for us so we have now got to a point where people are paying a lot more money and that starting really last year it really had a you were there last year and last year we had a big impact again we took in 33 billion dollars more and if you ask secretary-general stoltenberg he gives us total credit meaning me I guess in this case total credit because I said it was unfair now what has happened is President’s over many years from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama they came in they said okay they do the best nobody did anything about it and it got to a point where the United States was paying for 90% of NATO and that’s not fair so it’s changed we had a really good meeting today we had a great meeting in terms of inter getting along I know most of the people in the room because of last year because of the year-and-a-half that we’ve been in office year-and-a-half + but we have a great relationship everybody in that room by the time we left got along and they agreed to pay more I agree to pay it more quickly and benefits Europe that defends and protects Europe do you see any value of native to the United States Visa V Russia does it help protect the United States from Russia in your view I think it’s another very strong Ally is together it’s much stronger than obviously individual countries I think it the way we have it now I think it’s a much I think. Oh God you know what was happening with spending prior to my getting into office the numbers were going down now the numbers are going up like a rocket ship the numbers have gone up a lot and they’ve gone up rapidly and then going up further so I think NATO is going to be very very effective I’m very impressed with and and really now and he’s a friend of mine but secretary-general stoltenberg has done a fantastic job and putting it all together and we were ones that really I we gave him an extension of his contract as you know I think he’s done a really good job I think that when I was saying that I am very concerned with the pipeline I don’t like the pipeline then when I talk about Nate I said howdy then you have somebody paying the people that you’re protecting again but maybe we’ll get along with the group that were protecting against I think that’s a real possibility as you know I’m meeting with President Putin on Monday and I think we going to that meeting looking for so much we want to find out about Syria we will of course ask your favorite question about meddling I will be asking that question again but will also be talking about the other things will be talking about Ukraine Ukraine was he today by the way and you know it’s very interesting to hear what they had to say so excuse me while he may I mean lucky May and I what am I going to do with it he may deny it I’ve been it’s one of those things did you and Dad don’t do it again but he made tonight I mean will you’ll be the first to know sent what is your fallback position how will you up the pressure to make them actually will and they will be up to 2% it’ll be over. I’m relatively short. Of okay today representing guilty and we listen to their plight it’s tough what you want your but they made a very favorable impression in the room will you recognize Crimea as part of Russia I would like to say old is substantially added so that was on Barack Obama’s watch I was not on Trump’s watch what I have allowed it to happen no I would not have allowed it to happen but he did allow it to happen so that was his determination what will happen with Crimea from this point on that I can’t tell you but I’m not happy but again that was Barack Obama’s watch not Trump’s what yeah go ahead like to extend new start and concerns about violations of the INF treaty meeting today or would you consider stop request so perhaps we’ll talk about that but I will say that we are going to be talking about it those three issues and many more will be talking about it Jeff evil Katie Cordillera De Chelly it out we are in the process that cost of the double explained it before I would like to know if you are planning to guarantee they attack the new money that is Flowing tonight or will be spent in the best possible way especially the money coming from country that have several problems with the public finances will the money will be probably one of the things that we have 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 we’re not going to finance it for him but we’ll make sure that they’re able to payments and various other things so they can buy the United States makes by far the best military equipment in the world the best Jets the best missiles the best guns the best everything we make by far but that’s one thing I I assumed it prior to taking office but I really learned since being president our equipment is so much better than anybody else’s equipment when you look at our companies Lockheed and Boeing and Grumman what the material that the we make is so far superior everybody wants to buy our equipment that’s the question can they make it because they are doing very well and they make it to so many people so we are helping some of those countries get online and buy the best equipment go ahead Kristen brown with Fox News I’m on your upcoming Summit with president the opposite of concern they actually in there probably come out with a little bit of an edict but they actually thanked me for meeting with President would I look forward to the meeting they thank me they thought it was a great thing that I was doing and they gave us our best wishes or their best wishes now with that being said we’ll see what happens just a loose meeting it’s not going to be big schedule I don’t think it should take a very long. Of time and we’ll see but it could lead to productive something very productive and maybe it’s not but I like meeting with people is great we had a great meeting with Jim and Kim and I’ll tell you Mike Pompeo did a fantastic job I might ask you to say a few words Mike while you’re thank you mr. president so I did II returned from North Korea with a couple of stops here we had a productive versation there remains a great deal of work to do but I think most importantly my counterpart Camion troll made a commitment consistent with what president Trump was able to achieve with Jeremy came which was the intended denuclearize they’re going to accomplish it now the task is to get it implemented on that you know so important that was an amazing really an amazing meeting I thought and I really think we established very good relationships will see where it all ends but there have been no missile test that have been no research with has been they have blown up beside I hear they’re blowing up another site missile site are they taking down all of the propaganda infect somebody said there’s no more music playing the borderline you know the music was going on for many years they said recently that wow there’s no more of the heavy music and the propaganda they’ve they’ve done a lot of things and we got back by three hostages so good to get processed but the main thing is that I’ve been no rocket launchers that have been no missile tests there’s been no nuclear tests no explosions no nothing for almost 9 months okay yeah please Ewing mccaskill from the garden and your trip to the UK lots of protest planned in London and elsewhere how you feel to it I think it’s fine I mean I think they like me a lot in the UK I think they agree with me on immigration I’m very strong and immigration I made a point today I said you’ve got to stop you’re ruining your you’re going to have a lot of problems you see what’s going on throughout the world with immigration I probably at least partially won an election because immigration if you look at Italy giuseppi who I got to know quite well over the last month-and-a-half he won his election because of strong immigration policies on Italy I think that a lot of the people in the okay I think that’s why brexit happened now I don’t know what’s going on with the negotiation who knows but I guess that’s become a very interesting point of contention I said I’m going to a few hot spots we have NATO that we have the UK and then we have poop can I said put in maybe the easiest of the mall you never know but I’m going to a pretty hot spot right now right with the lot of Russia a lot of resignations but I will say that immigrations a very important thing and I told them today the EU the European Union better be very careful because immigration is taking over Europe and they better be very very careful when I said that loud and clear yes go ahead president Trump travel to Toronto to Romania what will you tell President Putin about this Summit in about really that NATO is more put together right now is more coordinated and I think there’s a better Spirit tornado right now than perhaps they’ve ever had its richer than it ever was the commitments are made at a higher level than they’ve ever been made the money to be paid out faster far faster you know the 2% was a range of all it wasn’t something that they were committed to now it’s a commitment there’s a big difference to 2% number and that’s why so many for reaching it or hitting it was just sort of like this amorphous number out there now it’s a commitment a real commitment I think he’s going to see that there’s great Unity great spirit great Esprit decor and have a good meeting regardless of that I think we’re going to have a good meeting but this was a fantastic today’s this was a really fantastic it all came together at the end and yes it was a little tough for a little while But ultimately you can ask anybody at that meeting there really liking what happened over the last two days there’s a great great spirit leaving that room do you think that is this something you admire my enemy is he your friend no I don’t know him well enough but the couple of times that I’ve gotten to meet him we got along very well you saw that I hope we get along well I think we get along well but ultimately he’s a competitor he’s repped I’m representing the United States so in a sense where competitors not a question a friend or enemy is not my enemy and hopefully someday maybe he’ll be your friend it could happen but I I just don’t know him very well I bet him a couple of times and when I did meet him most of you people with their yes brexit over the last couple of days and it seems to be turning a little bit differently where they getting at least partially involve back with the European Union I have no message it’s not for me to say I own a lot of property there I’m going to Oakland while I wait for the meeting I have Turnberry in Scotland which is a magical place one of my favorite places I’m going there for 2 days while I wait for the Monday meeting but it’s it’s not for me to say what they should be doing in the UK friendship my mother was born in Scotland I have great friendships over there we have a wonderful and bassador Woody Johnson and stood by the way what he’s doing a great job but it’s it’s not for me to say I’d like to see him be able to work it out so we could go quickly whatever they workout is it heartbreaking or hard brexit I thought you said it was heartbreaking heartbreak is it heartbreaking a lot of these are heartbreaking but I would say that you know brexit is brexit it’s not like I guess when you would use the term hard brexit I assume that’s what you meant the people voted to break it up so I would imagine that’s what they’ll do but maybe they’ll take it a little bit of a different route so I don’t know if that’s what they voted for I just want the people to be happy as a great people and I do think I have I think they’re where they were protest the night of the election both ways but in the end we got to 260 electoral 306 electoral votes then one states that interesting one of the states we won Wisconsin I didn’t even realize this until fairly recently that was the one state that Ronald Reagan didn’t win when he ran the board his second time he didn’t win Wisconsin and we won Wisconsin so you know we had a have a great night protest there that might be protests but I believe that the people in the UK Scotland Ireland as you know I have property in Ireland of property all over I think that those people they liked me a lot and they agree with ban immigration and I think that’s why you have brexit in the first place because of immigration yes ma’am yeah go ahead you come to Helsinki and don’t you think that you’re playing in the same call to the same goal what would be the ultimate well let’s say no more nuclear weapons anywhere in the world would be the ultimate okay no more Wars no more problems no more conflict let’s find a cure to every disease known to mankind or woman guy that would be my alter it’s okay and we’ll start from there okay yeah go ahead prison is going to be here right now for a long time that we made a lot of progress but it’s been going on for a long time we made a lot of progress in Afghanistan I will say yes your president is here right now in fact Georgian public broadcaster mr. president can you tell us what do you think about future membership of Georgia inmate oh please yes sir. Are you going to continue to support it forces thank you incredible wonderful warm intelligent allies in many cases as you know it’s different groups of people but they’re great people do I believe they’re great people yes go ahead please mr. president Marcos price working with Eddie gym and TV hey I don’t want to be and that’s I guess why we have NATO and that’s why we have the United States that just had the largest military budget ever 700 billion approved 716 billion next year I hope that will be able to get along iPhone5 said from day one whether it’s China or Russia you know we’re working on trade with China right now and I don’t say that’s it easy situation cuz that’s been years of abuse nited states by presidents frankly that allowed that to happen so I’m taking over a lot of bad hands and I’m fixing each one of them and I’m fixing them well but China is going to be I think very justly Ulta we taken care of I have a great respect for their president as you know president she spent two days there was among the most magical two days I’ve ever lived and I think we’re going to end up doing something very good with China pretty nasty trade battle but I think ultimately that’ll work out I really think we have a big Advantage you know we picked up a trillion dollars in value and worth since I became president and we’re closed two times the size of China lot of people don’t know that and you know we’re going to negotiate a fair deal if that’s possible okay and Russia getting along with Russia also would be a very good thing BBC Persian TV escalation of tension between you and the Iranians was your exit plan in between us and I think I know that having a lot of problems and their economy is collapsing but I will tell you this at a certain point they could have called me and they going to say Let’s Make a Deal and we’ll make a deal but they are go ahead mr. president do we expect the rise of the Russian influence in Macedonia following the starting of negotiation process like we’ve seen in Montenegro with LH Coupe counter-depth never talk about our future plans yes go ahead go ahead go ahead you know what they say about Syria I have any information about us in Syria thank you very much we’ve certainly spent a great fortune in Iraq and many many lives thousands and hundreds of loveliveserve you think on both sides which I always think about both sides not just our side and they had an election and I hope we’re going to be able to get along and we’ll see how that goes we’ve already been talking to the people that won the election I was not favor of that war I was very much against that War I never thought it was a good thing but that’s another deck of cards that I inherited and we’ll do the best we can with it I take the election was conclusive and again we spoken to them we’ll see what happens yes or go ahead go ahead and then we have time for one more question and we wish and Hope like I’m more killings in the Middle East peace process that gives everyone it’s looking for peace and Africa as you know is very strong list at but we’re looking for peace one piece all over we want to solve problems we’re looking for peace Africa right now is got problems like you people would even understand they have things going on there that nobody could believe in this room if you saw some of the things that I see through teligence what’s going on in Africa it is so sad and so vicious in violent and we want peace we want peace for Africa we want peace all over the world that’s my number one goal all over the world and building up a tremendous military because I really believe through strength you to get you get peace but we’re going to have a military like we’ve never had before we’ve given out orders for you know what the fighter jets in the world the best ships the best everything but hopefully will never have to use them that would be a dream to buy the best stuff to have the best stuff to have the best equipment in the world and to never have to use it would be a real the great part of my dream thank you very much everybody thank you I’m going to be going leaving in about a half an hour thank you ladies and Gentlemen please
President Trump spoke to reporters July 12 after a two-day summit with NATO leaders in Brussels. Here are his full remarks. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube:

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