A White House spokeswoman said his remarks came as he was urging leaders to increase their outlays on defence and were not a formal proposal. "We're protecting everybody. this has been going on for decades", Trump said.
"So I think the secretary-general likes Trump". Europeans say that Mr. Trump's perceptions of the issues at hand are based on skewed data, complaining that the trade surplus of $151 billion that the EU has with the United States only includes goods, thus ignoring the US' $51 billion surplus in services, most notably tech.
Stoltenberg pushed back, stressing that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have been able to work together despite their differences.
And Trump says it's unfair that the U.S.is paying for European defense against Russian Federation while Germany is supporting energy deals with Moscow.
"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France".
"How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against or from the group that you want protection against?" "You tell me, is that appropriate?", he asked, while Stoltenberg listened.
The barbed exchanges set the stage for another potentially stormy global summit after last month's G7 meeting in Quebec ended in angry recriminations, leading some to question U.S. support for the postwar worldwide order.
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He arrived in Brussels on Tuesday evening here for the summit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, after which he is expected to visit Britain and later meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland's capital Helsinki, the Washington Post reported.
Though the insult will hardly engender warmth from German chancellor Angela Merkel, who Trump is due to meet later today, German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen seemed relatively unperturbed. So I think that's inappropriate also'.
"And I think that's very inappropriate".
US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said in Brussels that he did not hear any of the European Union countries viewing Nord Stream 2 positively, the report said.
Earlier, the US President accused Berlin that he is under the control of Russian Federation through its dependence on energy supplies.
Thanks to Trump's in-your-face, no-holds-barred leadership the world is slowly getting accustomed to, many alliance members have agreed to ramp up their military spending. But with tensions in the Western alliance smouldering over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on United States taxpayers, his earlier remarks fuelled concerns among allies for the USA role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War II. So we improved a lot but there's still work to be done.