Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies as he lands for tense summit

Trump attends a NATO Summit at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit in Brussels

Says Stoltenberg: "We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defence spending to 2 percent".

Asked if Mr Putin presented a threat, Trump said, "I don't want him to be and that is why we have NATO".

"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia", Trump told NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at a working breakfast to open the summit.

As President Donald Trump lashed out at German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit breakfast on Wednesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly sat with a pained expression on his face - an expression many read as disapproval at the president's attacks.

Under NATO rules, countries with territorial conflicts can not join the Western alliance and neither country is expected to progress in membership talks.

"I think I can probably can [pull out of NATO], but that's unnecessary, and the people have stepped up today like they've never stepped up before", Trump added. He said the increase would happen in "a very short number of years".

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24 per cent, compared with 3.5 per cent for the US.

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Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the United States now spends.

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".

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.

Focusing on numbers, rather than capabilities, "is an inadequate way to measure allies' impact and their various contributions to NATO's mission of collective defense". The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

The U.S. president's tirade was about it not being "fair to American taxpayers that Germany buys oil and gas from Russian Federation while enjoying the umbrella of defense provided by U.S. dollars", reports NBC News.

"I think he has to expect they're going to deny, deny everything", the South Dakotan said.

Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, who was on the trip, said in an interview that he had particular concerns about the possibility of Russian media entities misreporting the outcome of any one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin.

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