Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries must pay 2 percent of GDP immediately

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Trump singled out Germany on Wednesday when he accused them of being "totally" controlled by Russian Federation because Russia provides a large share of their oil and natural gas. "The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade".

Trump's comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin.

Trump's railing against a German pipeline deal with Russian Federation, saying it's "Not acceptable!" "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany", Mr Trump said.

He added: "Not fair to the USA taxpayer".

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session. Tim Kaine, D-Va. "I'm very anxious".

The exchange was part of an uncomfortable day as anxious Western allies were subjected to the USA president's "America first" approach.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying "I don't agree with that". I think he's right about the spending levels.

"Now is not the time" to be alienating allies, he said.

Stoltenberg said it had been appropriate and understandable for defence spending to fall after the end of the Cold War, but the alliance had now recognised the need to bring it back up, with member countries adding billions to their defence budgets.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

"He was in a good mood, he said Europe was a continent he appreciated", Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters.

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Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Mr. Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

"The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some".

On Monday he had tweeted the situation was "not fair, nor is it acceptable", and insisted that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation benefits Europe "far more than it does the US".

"They will spend more", he later predicted. "I have great confidence they'll be spending more".

That's not how the spending works.

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when USA taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit atmosphere was "much calmer than everyone had said" and he saw a will to maintain the unity of the alliance, while Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Trump was "constructive". He also called Brussels a "hell hole" and "a mess".

Trump had "very direct language" but "when it comes to the core message we actually all agree", Stoltenberg later said.

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

"We all agree that we have to do more", he said, describing past year as marking the biggest increase in defense spending across Europe and Canada in a generation.

The claims stem from criticisms about burden-sharing that Trump has made since just prior to his inauguration in January 2017. "So I think the Secretary General likes Trump. He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

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