At a news conference wrapping up the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trudeau was pressed to provide more details about the USA president's sudden insistence that allies have agreed to spend more - and to do it more quickly.
Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the U.S. now spends.
"I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union", she said.
On spending, he said "we are stepping up as never before, allowing United States spending to go down", and there was a "new sense of urgency due to president Trump's strong leadership on defence spending".
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Thursday, July 6, 2017.
"There is a communique that was published yesterday". Macron said France, which a year ago spent 1.8 percent on defence, would meet the target by the 2024 deadline.
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. The combative leader closed out the summit by claiming that member nations caved to his demand for a significant increase in their defence spending.
The issue dominated the president's public remarks after he arrived in Brussels on Tuesday, striking fear among European officials that the president would question the US' role in the alliance. Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said. And he claimed the other 28 members had agreed to boost their own defense spending to as much as 4 percent of gross domestic product - a claim that other leaders disputed.
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"Sometimes if I didn't know better, I might say that we are purposefully trying to destabilize the Western alliance and turn the world upside down", he said.
At the press conference on Thursday, a Croatian reporter dared ask if Trump would change his mind once he leaves Brussels for London.
There is no penalty for not reaching the 2% goal; it's simply a guideline, and most member states have increased defense spending even if they haven't reached that goal quite yet.
Trump spent 28 hours in Brussels. "Because most of the time you're not sitting next to the president of the United States". "I'm a very stable genius".
"A clear message from President Trump is having an impact".
"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.
Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the USA should pay less.
Thirty-five percent said his handling of Russian Federation was just "about right", the Fox News poll found. "They like me a lot in the U.K".