Donald Trump ‘bragged that his North Korea summit was bigger than the Oscars’ at the NATO summit.
The US President reportedly spent the evening boasting about the press turnout at his much-hyped meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
An official told the Washington Post that Trump boasted to NATO leaders that he had recently called golfer Jack Nicklaus to show off, saying: “They have 1,000 cameras at the Oscars, and we had 6,000 cameras in Singapore. The buzz was fantastic.”
Trump was in a combative mood throughout the summit – allegedly threatening to pull the US from NATO if leaders did not agree to higher spending on defence.
Although he had a testy breakfast with NATO General Secretary Jen Stoltenberg, it is understood the leaders enjoyed a friendly dinner together on Wednesday evening.
The furious American President plunged the 69-year-old military alliance deeper into its worst ever crisis at the start of a crunch summit in Brussels.
But at the summit’s close Mr Trump claimed victory as he announced that the NATO countries have committed to spend an extra $33 billion on defence.
He branded the alliance “obsolete” in his campaign for the White House – and yesterday tore into allies for failing to pump at least 2% of their national income into their Armed Forces.
But he hinted nations had committed to a bigger target following his “firm” outbursts.
Speaking at an impromptu press conference at the meeting of the alliance of countries he said “tremendous” progress had been made on extra spending.
Asked if he threatened to pull the US out of NATO, Mr Trump said: “I told them I would be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments substantially.”
And he insisted he would not change his mind and scrap the funding deal in a tweet.
He said: “No, that’s other people that do that,” he replied. “I’m very consistent. I’m a very stable genius.”
But he said that Nato leaders were now “putting up a lot” and it was “unnecessary” to pull the US out of the organisation.