The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday (10 June) toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after US President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".
Speaking at a media conference after two days of talks, Mr Trump said the US's allies had committed to raising their commitment beyond 2 per cent.
"I do think that having a strong communique and taking the other measures that NATO has called for today will help in dealing with President Putin", the former NATO Allied Commander explained.
But NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that military spending had been rising in Europe since 2014 and members were making efforts to meet the objective, particularly Germany, which is often singled out by Trump for criticism.
And yet there was United States President Donald Trump, himself very much the subject of both above-mentioned embroilments, accusing Germany on Wednesday of being "totally controlled by" and "captive to" Russian Federation. "There is a great collegial atmosphere in that room, that I don't think they've had for many years". On Thursday, Trump said he wasn't troubled by the planned protests.
Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24 per cent, compared with 3.5 per cent for the US.
Donald Trump attacking others for not paying their fair share "is ballsy - It's basically the Trump business plan", Kimmel reminded.
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On Sunday he moves on to Helsinki to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for long-awaited talks on neutral territory. Reuters reports that more than 50,000 people have signed up to protest Trump's visit in London on Friday.
Trump said he made his anger clear to allies on Wednesday.
Trump took his war of words with America's allies to a new level Wednesday, telling NATO's top official that Germany is "captive" to Russian Federation due to a recent energy deal.
Next week, he will be in Finland for a one-on-one summit with Mr. Putin, for whom he has had far kinder words than his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies lately.
The Post reports that the Munich-based news outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's largest news organizations, ran a story about the president's slams against Germany with the headline: "It is not only bad, it is catastrophic". He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with Nato's Stoltenberg.
Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May. "We're protecting everybody. And yet we're paying a lot of money to protect".
The unexpected demand from Trump during a closed-door meeting of heads of state laid down a new, virtually unachievable marker for a peacetime military spending in an alliance already struggling to meet current defense spending commitments.