Trump tweeted that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics. The important thing now is that we need to invest more - we need to get more money. The target date to get military spending to 2% is 2024.
President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11). He said the US commitment to the 29-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization remains very strong and cited "the additional money they will be putting up" and "the level of spirit in that room" during the meetings.
In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defence organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency session.
"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".
"People are saying, 'He's picking on Germany.' Well, he was", Inhofe said with a chuckle, criticizing the German government for "not even trying to" meet a pledge to devote more to NATO's coffers.
Polling from Pew Research Center indicates that many citizens of member nations are loath to deploy their own forces on NATO's behalf while expecting the United States to deploy ours.
Trump also said he would bring up allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election when he meets Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next week. "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany".
London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests
But the red carpet treatment is likely to be overshadowed by massive protests planned by Britons opposed to Trump's presence. Later, Trump will go to Windsor Castle for tea with 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth.
More broadly, his performance, leavened at times by a more reassuring tone, left his fellow leaders struggling anew to judge whether he was posturing to win a better deal for the United States, moving to weaken institutions at the heart of the post-World War II order, or both.
This is not the first time the U.S. leader has heaped praise on his own intellect.
"We had a fantastic meeting at the end".
But now, according to media reports, Trump has threatened to withdraw the USA from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO, ) or to change its pivotal role in the alliance, over the matter.
Merkel told reporters there followed a discussion with assurances to Trump that spending was increasing - something he later acknowledged was happening at an unprecedented rate. "All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it".