Trump claims win in NATO spending dispute Jul 13, 2018 0 506 12345 AFPBRUSSELSDONALD Trump said NATO leaders agreed Thursday to a big boost in defence spending after crisis talks in Brussels, but France's Emmanuel Macron appeared to contradict the US president.Trump claimed victory after bitterly criticising key allies, notably Germany, for failing to pay their way at one of the most fractious summits in NATO's 70-year history.He triggered an emergency session on the spending issue, before emerging from the turmoil to say"I believe in NATO" in response to reports that he had threatened to pull out."Tremendous progress has been made, everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment, they're going to up it at levels they've never thought of before," Trump told a press conference before leaving for a visit to Britain."It's been amazing to see the level of spirit in that room."Trump blazed into the summit on Wednesday by demanding that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two percent of GDP"immediately" -- instead of by 2024 as previously agreed. He then stunned allies by telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four percent.But Macron disputed Trump's claims, saying that the joint statement the leaders had signed went no further than what had previously been agreed, apart from setting out how some countries plan to get there."The communique is clear: it reaffirms the commitment to two percent (of GDP)," said Macron, who was photographed smiling and sharing a hug with Trump on Wednesday despite recent tensions between the two.In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added:"Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state."Macron however added that he thought NATO was now"much stronger" and dismissed reports that Trump had threatened to pull the United States out of NATO if the spending row was not resolved. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UK publishes Brexit plan that sparked rebellion Jul 13, 2018 0 193 US says all eligible young migrant children reunited with parents Jul 13, 2018 0 270 UK PM praises 'dearest friend' US as Trump questions Brexit plans Jul 13, 2018 0 223 US senators blast Trump on trade, vow to press for change in policy REUTERS WASHINGTON REPUBLICAN and Democratic US senators blasted Trump administration trade policy on Thursday and vowed to press ahead with legislation to give Congress a say in decisions to impose tariffs on .. UK PM wants to host reception for England football team LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May would like to host an event for the English football team after they reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years, her spokeswoman said on Thursday."We would .. Prince Harry, Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men LONDON Britain's Prince Harry and music star Elton John are joining forces to launch a"global coalition" focused on treating HIV infections in men, the singer's AIDS charity said on Thursday. The Elton John .. Brazil's Lula absolved in 1 of 6 pending legal cases Sao Paulo Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was absolved Thursday in one of the six pending legal cases he is facing, all unrelated to the corruption charges that have sent him to prison. Lula has been .. Toronto to deploy 200 cops to address gun violence TORONTO Canada's biggest city will deploy about 200 police officers in response to the recent spate in shootings, Toronto's mayor and police chief said on Thursday, with officials blaming the increase on gang .. Italy minister blocks migrants on ship ROME Dozens of migrants rescued at sea and brought to an Italian port on Thursday cannot disembark, the country's far-right interior minister said, reversing a decision by a fellow minister and opening a rift within .. Stormy Daniels arrested in Ohio strip club, but she denies charges WASHINGTON Stormy Daniels, the porn star who has said she had an affair with US President Donald Trump, was arrested while performing at an Ohio strip on Thursday, but the charges were dismissed and her lawyer called the .. Trump describes Putin as a 'competitor', not enemy REUTERS BRUSSELS US President Donald Trump described Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday as a"competitor" rather than an"enemy" and said he expected they would get along well when they hold their first summit next ..