"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".
Trump said that past presidents did not confront America's allies because they did not want to meddle in their affairs or they were blind to the problem. Today Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russian Federation, and as much as China.
European Council President Donald Tusk set the scene by warning Mr. Trump that he is losing friends fast.
What is the defence spending row about?
"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against", Trump said, referring to European purchases of Russian natural gas. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country also lags on the two percent pledge, said the focus should be on "outputs" rather than on how much is spent. Other presidents has raised European defence spending levels in the past but he is intent on dealing with it.
On Nato, President Trump's main objection is that a number of member states have not increased their defence budgets to the target of 2 percent of economic output.
Kids in good health after Thai cave ordeal, rescuers say Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around in hospital. And the confidence of the diving team, and expertise specific to the cave, grew after its first successful mission Sunday.
"He chews out the allies then embraces the adversary", one diplomat told AFP recently.
"The United States continues to devote more resources to the defense of Europe when the Continent's economy, including Germany's, are doing well and security challenges abound".
"Our summit comes at a time when some are questioning the strength of the transatlantic bond and I would not be surprised if we have robust discussions at the summit, including on defense spending", Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday.
Of his meetings in Brussels and Britain and with Putin, he said: "Frankly, [the meeting with] Putin may be the easiest of them all - who would think? It is very inappropriate", he said.
Mr Trump is a hard guest: he's tweeted his meeting with Mr Putin might be easier than those with Europeans.
Last month, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that while United States politicians are accusing Europe of being dependent on Russian gas, Washington was force-feeding Europe its liquefied natural gas, which is three times more expensive than natural gas from Russia.
Italy's new populist government lines up squarely with Mr. Trump on a range of issues, including a firm stance to stop the mass immigration that is vexing Europe.
Still they're trying, mostly, to be hospitable this week. "Who would think", the president said.
Relations between Canada and the US were dropped into the deep freeze following the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs by the Trump administration - an action that triggered swift, sweeping tariff retaliation from the Liberal government. The EU hit back with tariffs on products including motorcycles and orange juice.
After Meghan Markle confirmed her father Thomas won't attend the wedding, Prince Charles offered to walk the bride down the aisle. He has been banned from driving three times , including twice for drink-driving and once for speeding.
Thai authorities revealed that the first phase was executed "smoothly" and the boys who had been evacuated were in "good health". The most touching note came from one whose name was not clear: "I'm doing fine, but the air is a little cold, but don't worry.
The ICO said its investigation is continuing and the next phase is expected to be concluded by the end of October. Facebook has a chance to respond to the ICO before a final decision is made on the fine.
Phoenix had been rumored to have the lead role for months, but played coy about whether or not he was aware of the part. Warner Bros has formally announced that it's pressing ahead with a thus-far untitled Joker origins movie.
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Finally, multiple police cars pull up, responding to a separate incident, and a female officer informs the man he's intoxicated. The Forest Preserves of Cook County tweeted on Monday that it was cognizant of the video Irizarry put on Facebook .
Gatland is set to walk away from his role as Wales boss following the 2019 Rugby World Cup and will be replaced by a fellow Kiwi. If he is appointed, it will be a return to global coaching for Pivac, who was Fiji boss for three years from 2004-2007.
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For the past month, Bieber and Baldwin have been on tour-de-romance, traveling from the Hamptons to Miami to NYC. Justin Bieber performs a medley of songs at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016.
Iran downplays impact of US sanction threats
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KL Rahul attains career-best third T20I ranking
No wonder he moved up 44 spots on the table to reach No 2 with 842 points, also the best in his short worldwide career so far. Pakistan emerged champions on Sunday, beating Australia by 6 wickets in the T20I tri-series final held at Harare sports club.
JetBlue Crew Help Dog Struggling To Breathe On Flight
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George Clooney injured in scooter accident in Italy
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