There were no immediate specifics on what Trump said he had achieved, and French President Emmanuel Macron quickly disputed Trump's claim that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies had agreed to boost defence spending beyond their existing goal of 2 per cent of gross domestic product. "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany". I mean, it's one of those things.
By pointing out the close connections between Germany and Russian Federation on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and the degree to which they depend on each other financially, Trump was borrowing a page from his critics who suggest that because of Russia's interference in the 2016 election on his behalf, he is beholden to Putin. As a result, he continued, "NATO is much stronger than it was two days ago". "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before", the president said.
The tough rhetoric against a core ally comes just days before Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin in Finland.
"So we have a commitment to spend two percent".
'I think they agree with me on immigration.
He said the leaders of the alliance's 29 members met in an extraordinary session on Thursday morning at the request of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
Trump brushed off the protests, saying, "I think they like me a lot in the United Kingdom".
"They're propagandists. When I read what the Russian press said that transpired in those meetings, I don't know why - I don't believe them when they say they weren't involved in meddling in US elections", Moran said.
In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending. "And I know that's valued very highly over here and people can disagree strongly and still go out to dinner".
The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the USA president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around.
Officials at the meeting said Trump had shocked many present and broke with diplomatic protocol by addressing German Chancellor Merkel by her first name, telling her: "Angela, you need to do something about this". But the vehemence of Trump's on-camera breakfast attack on Germany for its backing of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline, and for being "captive" to Russian Federation came as a shock.
The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the USA pays more than others.
Shelby pointed to the importance of Trump being properly briefed ahead of the sit-downs.
"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters.
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