Asked if he was going to recognise the Russian annexation of Crimea, he said it was "an interesting question". Every single U.S. president has been pushing the point of extra spending since Reagan and they have all been played. Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got under way.
U.S. President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "competitor" and "not my enemy" ahead of a planned bilateral meeting.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Brussels that "there was a clear commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by all" at an emergency session of the military alliance. But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe.
The early morning drama was part of two days of diplomatic theatre in Brussels, as allies tried to shield a post-war world order from his "America first" demands.
Although Trump administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected. "He seems to look at this as we do everything for them, and we provide them with benefits, and they just take advantage of us". The figure is non-binding, and the goal was to reach it by 2024, not immediately.
Mr. Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were ever attacked.
France spends around 1.8 percent of GDP on defense.
Trump also prepared to make a previously unscheduled public statement, the White House said.
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Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg later told CNN the organisation's member countries committed to increase defence spending 2 per cent, but would not confirm Trump's claim that the boost was actually 4 per cent. "There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed", Macron said.
Freeland said she had a "good conversation" with the Danish foreign minister because the pipeline "is an issue that touches very much on Denmark".
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.
"We are having a great meeting, we are discussing military expenditure and we are talking about trade". "The additional money they will be putting up has been really unbelievable".
"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", an ebullient Trump told reporters afterwards. "The president has been consistent that he wants to see people spending more on defence in their countries and we are very pleased that we are doing exactly that". I don't. I'm very consistent. "I'm a very stable genius".
Trump poured fuel on the Brexit fire just hours before he was due to land there, saying he was not sure that Britons had voted for the Brexit plan presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has triggered a British cabinet rebellion.
Trump delivered the line after what several sources said was an improvised rant focussed on his grievances about transatlantic ties, but appeared to hesitate before issuing his ultimatum, which led to some confusion about what he really meant.