The comments come amid wide expectations of a turbulent summit-Trump has long criticized the 29-member alliance, calling it "obsolete", and is extremely critical of countries that are failing to meet the target of 2% of their GDP as defense spending. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the USA president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods. "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".
"This isn't good for the United States and there are people across the aisle - and the Senate vote yesterday clearly showed - who know it and need to say it", he said. In April, Trump said on Twitter that the USA relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War after Russian officials blocked a resolution at the U.N. Security Council to condemn chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Singling out Germany isn't necessarily fair, said defense analyst Sophia Besch of the Center for European Reform.
Currently, NATO members are encouraged to put a target of 2% of their economic output to the Organization's budget, but the 2% figure is only a guideline.
His surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation because of its gas links.
"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", she said of her youth in Communist East Germany.
"We are not prisoners, neither of Russian Federation nor of the United States", Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters. Afterwards he will spend the weekend in Scotland at his gold club, Trump Turnberry, in Ayrshire.
While Democratic congressional leaders condemned Trump's attacks on Germany as "brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies", Republicans took a more benign view, and some backed him outright. But after a day of Trump throwing political hand grenades at Germany, he and Merkel gave a cool and cordial read out of their private meeting.
Thai official: Rescued boys generally healthy and smiling
All 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand have been rescued following the "largest, most complex cave rescue in history". Medical officials told reporters that they're healthy, fever-free, mentally fit and "seem to be in high spirits".
Mr Trump is the 12th sitting U.S. president to make such a trip, and will spend time with the Queen and prime minister before flying to Scotland to spend the weekend at his golf resort.
All 29 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members released a declaration which reaffirmed a commitment to increase military spending.
Merkel responded with equally sedate remarks. "You tell me, is that appropriate?"
The Brussels meeting comes less than a week before Mr Trump is due to hold his first summit with Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, reviving concerns among USA allies over his proximity to the Russian president.
After Trump's cordial reception of Merkel in the afternoon, it seemed Trump avoided the kind of diplomatic disaster he set in motion at the G7 in June.
Trump arrived on the back of a barrage of criticism of Europe on issues ranging from trade to energy and above all his claims that the continent freeloads on the back of America for its defence.
Minutes later, Mr Tusk tweeted: "Dear Donald Trump".
Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate? He later joined the administration of President George W. President Donald Trump waited for primetime to unveil his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy .
Jones has always been a talented player, but a temperamental one on and off the field, which has led to some issues. The Bengals star calls out Ragin, who according to police, went after Jones and initiated the physical altercation.
In the last week, they have been drilling their team time trial as well as riding the cobbles of the Roubaix stage nine. Kiwi rider Patrick Bevin leads BMC Racing through the team time trial course on the Tour de France.
Police said Sturgess was at a home in Amesbury on June 30 when she became sick around 10 a.m. and was hospitalized. This has been identified as the same type of nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal.
Mario Mandžukić secured the win with another goal in the 100th, just minutes before the game would have gone into penalties. The goal weakened the Croatian side, allowing England to retain possession and control the tempo of the first half.
Typically, college players who have been ruled ineligible for next season after the regular draft enter the supplemental draft. So with a strong group of players, it's time for a supplemental mock draft and a look at how the supplemental draft works.
Petersburg for the tournament , but their campaign has taken them to five different host cities. "I felt very welcomed. F1 driver Hamilton wrote on Twitter that the team had done England proud, showing "real grit and determination".
There had been talk of the World Cup final being shown on the big screen on Henman Hill at Wimbledon but that has been ruled out. As Business Insider UK's Sports Reporter, I attended Wimbledon in the VIP area.
I know England may have thought it was a bit tongue and cheek a few weeks ago, but you've got to focus on just one game at a time. As fellow pundits Gary Neville and Lee Dixon laugh, Wright says: "We weren't talking about the final, we were having a laugh".
Not long after, Bieber started dating Hailey Baldwin , who, ironically was "Team Jelena", according to a tweet from 2011. There you go! Justin is clearly in love and sounds like Hailey will be his life partner for the rest of his days.
A witness testified Dozier used a sledgehammer to break Greene's limbs so the corpse would fit in a plastic storage container. Nevada plans to carry out the first execution using fentanyl, a drug at the heart of the USA opioid epidemic, on Wednesday.
Brits set for NATIONWIDE protests ahead of London trip
Mr Khan said he supported the decision taken by the Greater London Authority, adding that it was not for him to be a "censor". Protesters are also expected to show up at Chequers, the prime minister's country residence, and Windsor Castle.
Rescuers To Extract Final Five From Thai Cave Tuesday
They will only be allowed close contact once all test results have come back clear. "Four plus one coach , so it's five". Four Seal team divers - including a doctor - who stayed with the group were still to emerge, the Facebook post added.
Samsung will release a fully frameless smartphone
There were previous rumours that claimed that the Galaxy S10 + will come fitted with a triple-sensor camera on the rear. It has been speculated that the company may embed the speakers in the display to reduce that bezel space.
Four of Thailand's cave kids saved, rescue mission continues
The eight boys brought out by divers on Sunday and Monday were doing well and were in good spirits, a senior health official said. Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is heading the rescue effort, said that Tuesday's operation involved 19 divers.
Croatia Sacks Coach Ahead of Semi Final Clash with England
Police are calling on members of the public to behave themselves during and after England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia . And this fifth minute goal from Kieran Trippier in the match, to put England up 1-0, resulted in so much English jubilation.