"We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2%".
Merkel said it was very important to have such exchanges like the meeting she and Trump were having because "after all, we are partners".
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.
"Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".
German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the USA gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.
Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, declaring Wednesday that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.
"And frankly maybe everyone is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation".
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"Germany is the second largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and until today we have a strong engagement towards Afghanistan", Merkel said, adding: "In that we also defend the interests of the United States".
Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context.
"We are the second-largest supplier of troops. We put the largest part of our military capabilities at the service of Nato.We are defending the interests of the U.S.".
"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good, " she said.
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. 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 U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.
"We think President Trump is basically right, that the foundation of a successful alliance is fair contributions by all parties", said Britain's new foreign minister Jeremy Hunt. And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.
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 USA now spends.
Another section called on countries to restrict promotion of food products that could have harmful effects on children. A Russian delegate told the New York Times that "the final resolution preserved most of the original wording".
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Kathimerini claims that the Russian side tried to intervene in the Balkans issues the Greeks regard as particularly sensitive. It marks a rare downturn in diplomatic relations between Athens and Moscow, who have shared close ties for decades.
Law enforcement leaders told the station they think the woman was paying for work on a vehicle by having sex with the mechanic. Family friend Kelly Mitchell said she couldn't get her head around Hargrave's death.
The 12 boys, all part of a youth soccer team, went missing with their 25-year-old coach more than two weeks ago. He also thanked the King and the Royal family for extending their support during times of crisis, like these.
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England coach Gareth Southgate said his team set a "new benchmark" by narrowly falling short of a place in the World Cup final. He added; "I think it's going to be very tight, Croatia are not going to be a pushover, by any means".
It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Mr Jesada told a news conference. Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.
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Both of those accords were the result of years of painstaking diplomacy by European leaders - and Trump unilaterally trashed them. The first Labour Live event has been organised by the Labour Party. "We don't know when". "It seems so un-American".