The alliance set a goal in 2014 for each country to reach the 2% of GDP spending target by 2024.
"Many countries are not paying what they should, and, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back", Trump said at a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against", Trump said, referring to European purchases of Russian natural gas.
She recalled her own youth in Soviet-dominated East Germany and said she was "very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany".
A U.S. Navy petty officer stands watch ahead of a ceremony inaugurating the U.S. anti-missile station, Aegis Ashore Romania, at Deveselu, Romania, in 2016.
Well, President Trump is playing to a domestic audience as much as he's playing to an worldwide one.More news: Iran warns India of curtailing special privileges if oil imports reduced
"They will spend more", he later predicted. "I have great confidence they'll be spending more".
"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", she said.
"I do believe everybody should get to 2 percent quickly, but the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance is something that's very important to the United States and our citizenry, and things that are said to try and create instability, all that it does is strengthen Putin", Corker said, describing concerns "about conciliatory things that could occur in Helsinki" when Trump sits down with the Russian president. The verbal attack comes just days before he meets Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump tweeted. "Pipeline dollars to Russian Federation are not acceptable!"
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying "I don't agree with that". Germans wouldn't agree with that.
Typically, when people are "involved in a persuasive effort together", those in nonspeaking roles will gaze at the person who is talking, occasionally nod to reinforce what they are saying and then look at those on the opposite side of the table to convey a sense of unity, Civiello said.
But Trump hit back: "But Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russian Federation because it's getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".More news: Japanese nurse poisons 20 patients
But to really grasp just how much of an unmitigated shitshow this whole production was, you need only look at the other Americans at the table.
Merkel has given political backing to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to import more gas, despite criticism from other European Union governments.
His comments come only hours before he's due to meet German chancellor Angela Merkel on the side lines of the summit in Brussels.
When it was her turn to address reporters in the room for the meeting with Trump, Merkel made no similar declaration about her relationship with Trump. "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on United States goods. NO!" But the two appeared on good terms, with Trump joking about the fact that Macron had been asked about it.
Germany and other European Nato partners argue, however, that they have boosted contributions to the military alliance and plan to kick in even more in coming years.
Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia. The primary way to do this, is for each nation to increase their defense budget to two percent of their respective GDPs. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".More news: Baby Dies After North Dakota Tornado Flips Trailer