In contrast to the president's sharp words, Trump's first event in England was an oasis of warm greetings at an evening reception Thursday at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, the larger-than-life British leader cited by the president as a model of leadership.
"We think President Trump is basically right that the foundation of a successful alliance is fair contributions by all parties", he said.
Impolitic? Perhaps. But is Trump wrong? "We all agreed we have to deliver on that", Stoltenberg said, later saying: "We have agreed that we need to make good on the pledges we have made".
There, while on board Air Force 1, he used his Twitter feed to rescind his support of a joint communique and slam Trudeau personally after hearing the prime minister repeat Canada's insistence it would defend itself from US aggression on trade.
"We had a very intense summit", said Merkel.
Trudeau was not the only leader who seemed at odds with Trump's understanding of what emerged from an emergency meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders that derailed the final sessions of the summit's closing day and set off another firestorm of controversy with the US president at its centre. Trump tweeted this morning before the second day of talks. He is visibly losing patience.
Trump suggests he forced a great shift in the space of the past two days.
Japan, with the world's third-largest economy, spends an even smaller share of its GDP on defense than Germany, 0.9 percent. "We committed ourselves to spending a bit more".
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He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".
"The deal she is striking is a much different deal than the one the people voted on", Trump said.
As for what he and Putin will discuss, Trump said Syria will be a main topic - as will Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House.
And he appears earnest about reducing our massive trade deficits in goods that have been bleeding jobs, plants, equipment, capital and technology overseas.
Outside the meeting room, to a mixture of general dismay and disbelief, Trump said the "level of spirit" had been "incredible", declared the summit a big success, and bragged that he had been able to squeeze an additional $33-$40 billion in defence spending from his allies.
After Trump spoke, French President Emmanuel Macron said nothing had changed from NATO's earlier commitment, despite Trump's claims. Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.
The second day of the defence pact meeting was disrupted and repeatedly rescheduled, as Trump's insistence on renegotiating his allies' defence budgets took precedence over issues such as Ukraine and Georgia's vulnerability to Russian Federation.
"A show, upfront, for his audience back home", said one senior diplomat, who wanted to remain unnamed. But would this really rattle the Germans?
Demonstrators protest next to the specially erected fence surrounding the USA ambassador's residence, Winfield House, where President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are staying in London on July 12.
Poland and Lithuania, who are among Nord Stream 2's most vociferous European critics, have built LNG terminals that would stand to profit from an American takeover of the market.