US officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war. "He may deny it", Trump said.
"There is value in protecting the president in having a number of Americans in the room when the conversations take place, because just what I saw on the scale of a congressional visit can happen in a presidential visit in which the description of what transpired in the meeting does not fit reality", Moran said.
Earlier Thursday, Trump called out US allies on Twitter as he attended a second day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.
She said that Trump raised the topic of better burden-sharing and more spending by Germany, "as has been discussed for months", and that, "we made clear that we're on the way".
Smith criticized Trump for demanding that each nation spend even more than the United States is paying for defense.
(From L to R, first row) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.More news: Eight boys rescued from flooded Thai caves, now up to 'rain god'
"We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine."
"Your message is having an impact, and we are going to build on that", Mr Stoltenberg told the USA president over toast and orange juice, before adding: "Let me also add that a strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is good for Europe and it's also good for the United States".
Fox Business' Brittany De Lea contributed to this article. And "they have pledged to spend more".
Since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement, European states have been scrambling to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to maintain the nuclear curbs required in the deal.
Smith played the clip of Trump saying Germany is "captive" of Russian Federation. "And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".
Ahead of his Monday meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Trump called the Russian president a "competitor" when asked if he considered Putin a friend or a foe.More news: Thai boys were passed 'sleeping' on stretchers through cave: Rescue diver
Trump has described the spending situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".
"He suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 percent of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4 percent", Sarah Sanders told reporters.
"Ultimately, that will be going up quite a bit higher than that", Trump said at the news conference, after privately calling Wednesday on leaders to double their commitments to 4 percent of gross domestic product.
"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, told reporters.
"As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behavior for this to become a reality, " she said.More news: Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup