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President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed the USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after days of threatening the body, taking full credit for increases in defense spending by member nations.

Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian premier who Trump said gave him "total credit" for a successful summit, told reporters: "We had a very frank and open discussion ..."

He added: "It confirms the goal of 2% by 2024".

Since coming to power previous year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin.

Some NATO allies had not exactly heard the same conclusions as Trump around the table, and French President Emmanuel Macron immediately poured cold water on Trump's spending ambitions for other allies.

Merkel said: "We had a very intense summit".

Before the summit began, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said seven nations-plus the US -are already delivering on the commitment, up from three in 2014. Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said.

"NATO is much stronger now than it was two days ago", Trump said, adding that this morning's unscheduled crisis meeting was "fantastic" with leaders having "a great collegial spirit".

This article has been updated to include comments from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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To Trump, and not only to him, we are being used, gouged, by rich nations we defend, while they skimp on their own defense. Politico said Trump warned of "grave consequences" if the allies did not immediately meet the 2 per cent spending targets.

Germany's foreign minister rejected suggestions that Berlin could be browbeaten by U.S. President Donald Trump into hiking military spending, saying that his country would make its own "sovereign" decisions. Describing the dynamics of the talks, he said, "I was using the term a lot today: burden-sharing". Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem". I don't. I'm very consistent. "Donald Trump, cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States".

"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while".

Poland's President Andrzej Duda was quoted saying it was "difficult not to agree with" Trump's complaints the US was shouldering too much of the alliance's financial burden.

"Everybody in the room thanked me", he said. "It has been really fantastic to see the level of spirit in that room".

At NATO's 2014 summit in Wales, in the face of new Russian aggression and the annexation of Crimea, the allies had pledged to increase investments in defence and move towards investing 2 per cent of their GDP in collective security.

Trump cautioned it was hard to reach substantive agreements with Putin because his critics would accuse him of being a proponent of Russian Federation.

The 12 Russian officials have been charged with hacking into the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. At the end though, Trump said the military alliance is "very unified, very strong, no problem". I mean, it's one of those things.

"I regret to say that Russian-American relations are not in the best shape", Putin told John Bolton, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

Trump arrived late for the first meeting of the day, a session meant to voice support for Ukraine and Georgia, both of which are battling Russian-backed separatists.

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