President Trump defended his approach to dealing with NATO allies, in particular Germany, during his news conference on Thursday, calling it “a very effective way to deal.”
“I think it’s a very effective way to deal,” Trump said when askedabout his insulting comments aimed at Germany. “It’s a very effective way of negotiating.”
Trump pointed to increased financial commitments from NATO allies as a measure of his success, though it was not immediately clear what specific pledges he secured and the President declined to elaborate beyond saying NATO allies will spend more on defense and faster.
He also pointed to progress over the last year, prior to this NATO summit.
“We took in $33 billion more,” Trump said, pointing to increased financial commitments.
Trump insisted that “everybody in that room got along,” referring to NATO allies.