But he noted that President Barack Obama had raised the issue in the past, securing the 2024 target date in 2014, and did so using diplomacy rather that "bombast and demagoguery". He told fellow leaders he would prefer a 4 percent target, closer to the 3.6 percent of GDP the United States spends on defense.
Ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump sent letters to allies Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister Charles Michel of Belgium blasting them for not spending enough on defense ― an oft-repeated criticism of the alliance.
"Germany is just paying a little over 1 percent" of its GDP annually to the alliance's budget, Trump griped.
This summit is shaping up as the most divisive in Nato's 69-year-old history.
Since the start of his campaign for president more than three years ago, Trump has been accused by critics of taking a more favorable stance toward Russian Federation, a traditional rival to USA power, than the United States' allies.
"Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Trump said in a searing critique over breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
After the two-day summit in Brussels, Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel quickly pushed back.
"I myself lived through a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union".
Merkel said it was very important to have such exchanges like the meeting she and Trump were having because "after all, we are partners".
Nishikori beats out-of-sorts Kyrgios to reach last 16
Making her fourth appearance at Wimbledon , Ostapenko will look to improve on her run to the quarter-finals a year ago . Djokovic said the past year had been frustrating, but his recent performances have left him optimistic.
His comments were linked to the president's push for other European countries to pay more for its defence needs, in particular Germany.
Trump played up the success of the bilateral meeting and the potential to resolve issues.
"I think we meet with our adversaries".
Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "I think we should first get to 2%, focus on that now. the good thing is that we are moving to that".
While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defense spending and trade while pursuing a closer USA relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After Trump's cordial reception of Merkel in the afternoon, it seemed Trump avoided the kind of diplomatic disaster he set in motion at the G7 in June.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill that "NATO is indispensable".
"President Trump has a very direct language and message on defence spending, but fundamentally we all agree that we need fair burden sharing", Stoltenberg said on his arrival at the summit. Why are their only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?
With tensions in the Western alliance running high over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on US taxpayers, the latest remarks fuelled concerns among allies over the USA role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War II. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".
According to traders and buyers of CFC-11 in China, the chemical is used in the majority of China's rigid PU foam sector. Clare Perry, EIA UK Climate Campaign Leader, said: "This is an environmental crime on a massive scale.
Clistopyga crassicaudata wasps find spider nests and then use their large stingers to paralyze spiders by injecting venom. Sääksjärvi, Professor in Biodiversity Research at the University of Turku , Finland, in an email to The Hindu .
And Gulbis, whose talent has often been masked by a playboy lifestyle and too many injuries, took ruthless advantage. He staged another impressive escape act on Court One, winning the final two sets to move into the third round .
It is one of the dialogues mouthed by Gaitonde that prompted 37-year-old Rajiv Sinha to type his complaint. Petitioner Nikhil Bhalla alleged that the scenes were derogatory to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Anderson scented blood and, out-duelling Federer time and again, he broke in the seventh game to level the match at two sets all. He hit 28 aces against Federer, saved 9 of 12 break points and managed to hold his own in the rare lengthy baseline rallies.
It's a tabular iceberg, long and flat; in the video, you can also see tall, thin pinnacle icebergs crack off and flip over. Scientists have managed to capture on film the moment a huge iceberg breaks away from a glacier in eastern Greenland.
The keys she turned in belonged to a Nissan Infiniti rather than a Sentra, leaving the manager "slightly confused", said police. The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his vehicle missing from the parking lot, according to police.
Although excited, Cardi admitted that she was also initially anxious when she found out that she was expecting. The Migos member has two sons, Jordan and Kody, and a daughter, Kalea, from previous relationships.
Pickford has made 'rare saves' in England run - Campos
We'll do our best to try keep him quiet, but everybody else as well, because they have a lot of threats from different areas. Pickford, 24, has impressed football fans as he helps the England team get that little bit closer to the World Cup final.
"Cassini 'hears" plasma waves connecting Saturn to Enceladus
It is the first detection of its kind and shows how plasma waves travel on magnetic field lines between Saturn and Enceladus . Sulaiman is lead author of a pair of papers describing the findings, published recently in Geophysical Research Letters .
Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug
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The 'stealth' STI that makes women infertile
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A look at what's ahead in the World Cup
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Bank of Canada Raises Key Interest Rate To 1.50%
The Bank said Canada's economy is operating "close to capacity", implying that it expects to see inflation rise in the future. The tariff fight, the bank estimated, will shave almost 0.7% from Canada's economic growth by the end of 2020.
Israeli military says it shot down a Syrian drone
Russia, another top key ally of Assad, has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country. He said the UAV had been tracked long before it entered Israel, flying through both Jordanian and Syrian air space.