In an explosive interview, Trump blasts the UK's Brexit plan


As he flew off to the United Kingdom on Thursday for the next leg of his European tour, it was left to President Emmanuel Macron of France to correct the record following Trump's freewheeling press conference in which he claimed to have pushed allies into new defence spending commitments.

After Trump spoke, French President Emmanuel Macron said nothing had changed from NATO's earlier commitment, despite Trump's claims.

Trump's United Kingdom visit comes ahead of a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16. Its citizens are yet to approve the country's new name, on which membership hinges, which they will do via a politically loaded referendum.

When asked if Trump said he would leave North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unless the wealthiest economies hit 2 percent GDP by January or "we are going to do our own thing", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders would not comment directly on the president's reported statements but insisted he didn't offer a new deadline for allies to meet the 2 percent standard.

"So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up".

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", Trump said, according to The Sun.

"I [also] want to delve into Vladimir Putin and what he wants for his country", said Wallace.

Trump blazed into the summit yesterday by demanding that allies reach their commitment to increase spending to two per cent of GDP "immediately" - instead of by 2024 as previously agreed.

Two thirds have national plans in place to spend 2% of GDP on defence by 2024.

"We are being played for fools", he reportedly told leaders at a meeting meant to revolve around Georgia and Ukraine.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement after the interview was published, saying Trump "likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

Trump treats his allies like subordinates, and in his own words, he treats Russian Federation respectfully, as a "competitor".

Then, in a head-snapping pivot at the end, he declared the alliance a "fine-tuned machine" that had acceded to his demands to speed up increases in military spending to relieve pressure on the US budget.

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When asked about that, Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary".

German news agency DPA, Politico and The Times London reported the US President had openly threatened that the US would "do our own thing" unless the wealthiest allies were spending 2 per cent of their GDP on defence by January. "Supplies of pipeline gas do not lead to dependence of one country on another but to complete mutual dependence".

Trump added that May's "soft" blueprint for the U.K.'s future dealings with the European Union would probably "kill" any future trade deals with the United States.

Wallace said he will ask Putin about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential meddling in the upcoming midterm elections.

"(The) 2 per cent (figure) was a range, a goal, now it's a commitment, it was like this amorphous number out there and now it's a real commitment", he said. And we made clear, well, I made clear for myself and others also made it clear, that we are on this path, which is in our own interest and can make us overall stronger.

"I'm not pitting one against the other", Trump said.