Pentagon calls allies to do ‘damage control’ after Trump NATO trip

John Kelly

Trump told reporters Thursday morning in Brussels that America's commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "remains very strong" because of "the amount of money they're willing to spend, the additional money that they will be putting up". "It's richer than it ever was, the commitments are made at a higher level than they've ever been made and the money to paid out faster, far faster".

US officials told NBC News that maintaining "predictability" among alliance members was important and that calls were made with foreign officials centered around "reinforcing alliance commitments" after Trump "made it clear alliance commitments were on the table".

Another official told NBC that the conversations were aimed at "reinforcing alliance commitments" after Trump had "made it clear alliance commitments were on the table".

The Pentagon did not return a request for comment on the reports.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who met with Trump that day, threw cold water on reports of Trump's rhetoric after the meeting, stating that Trump had not threatened to draw down US cooperation levels with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

"There is a communique that was published yesterday", Macron said.

Only the USA, U.K., Poland, Estonia and Greece contribute at or above the 2 percent threshold.

A senior USA administration official, though, said Trump was aggressive while meeting in private with the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, and said the United States will have a "reassessment" of commitments to the allies unless their defense budgets were raised, notes NBC.

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