Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said on paper the summit was a success because of binding commitments to present a plan for increased defense spending and the development of the long-awaited Southern Strategy.
"We are not going to finance it for them but we will make sure that they are able to get payments and various other things so they can buy - because the United States makes by far the best military equipment in the world: the best jets, the best missiles, the best guns, the best everything".
Donald Trump shrouded Brussels in his personal fog of war as he brought confusion and half-truths to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, before claiming an imaginary victory over America's allies in a conflict of his own making.
"I think it's fair to say that here in my office the team recognized what was coming and the importance of speaking out on it from my perspective and from the district's perspective", Curtis told Fox 13.
Chris Wallace announced Thursday that he will interview Russian President Vladimir Putin after Monday's summit with President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland.
"We are being played for fools", he reportedly told leaders at a meeting meant to revolve around Georgia and Ukraine.
A new poll shows that a plurality of Germans favor a drawdown of USA troops, and only 15 percent believe that Germany should raise its defense spending to 2 percent of GDP.
"Everyone's agreed to substantially up their commitment", Trump said in an impromptu press conference in Brussels.
Trump was whisked away to an oasis of warm greetings at a black-tie reception at Blenheim, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.
Member states had already agreed, dating back in 2014, to increase their base level defense spending to 2 percent.
"The final declaration has been signed by all 29 members of the alliance, including the United States", the French minister noted.
Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally.
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Thursday, July 6, 2017.
Before he visits with Putin, Trump will visit London and the United Kingdom - where many large protests are planned against his policies.
He added that Trump makes a fair point in warning that Germany relies too heavily on Russian Federation for energy, recalling that Putin has used his control of gas supplies as a weapon against Ukraine.
"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him".
As for Trump's call for a 4 percent defense effort by all, it was ignored.