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In a series of tweets at the time, Trump said that "throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart".

"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending.

From left: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May, and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a working dinner at The Parc du Cinquantenaire-Jubelpark Park in Brussels on July 11, during the NATO summit.

"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said. But he did not rule out recognising Rissia's annexation of Crimea.

Trump also had harsh words for current London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a fervent critic of the president, saying Khan "has done a awful job" running Europe's third-largest city.

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation".

Representative John Curtis wanted to get his thoughts in print prior to President Donald Trump's trip to Europe, so he published an editorial in the Deseret News.

"President Trump created for the second day a crisis on [NATO] spending". Only eight countries expect to meet the target in 2018, he said. But with Trump scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday, the gathering was dominated by wrangling over money. But several leaders said the gathering produced no new spending commitments.

Hours later, after landing in Britain, the assault on diplomatic norms continued. "It's about $2.8 billion and the USA pays 22 percent of that, not 90 percent".

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"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

"You know, the two per cent was a range, a goal, it wasn't something they were committed to".

Despite the first day's haranguing of allies for failing to meet spending targets and accusing Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy, Trump was mild-mannered at a private dinner on Wednesday and avoided any outbursts that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation diplomats had feared.

Stoltenberg, stepping in - not for the first time - as peacemaker between Trump and the other 28, called a special closed-door session, the first in a decade, with most officials and the invited guests ushered out, to allow the alliance's principal leaders to remonstrate with Trump. Trump criticized her strategy on cutting ties to the European Union, cast doubt on whether he was willing to negotiate a new trade deal between Britain and the United States and praised May's political rival Boris Johnson.

While in Latvia Trudeau did announce Canada would stay in the Baltic nation for four more years, until 2023 and boost its number of troops to 540 from the current 455.

Mr. Trump's comments came ahead of his summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, though the Kremlin said they were unlikely to have an impact on what was always going to be a hard meeting due to the number of disagreements between the two countries.

"As for Germany's dependence [on Russia] as a major gas buyer we can not agree with this premise", Peskov told reporters on a conference call. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views. "I don't. I'm very consistent", Trump said.

In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added: "Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state".

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