In a tweet Tuesday, Trumpsaid, "Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made".
He appeared to be attacking German support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russian Federation, the new US$11 billion (Dh40.40bn) Baltic Sea pipeline for imports of Moscow's gas supplies to Europe. The US has been lobbying EU countries to reject the pipeline for years, arguing that it is a threat to the European Union's energy security.
He said the deal meant that Germany was now "totally controlled" by Moscow.
"We look forward to your [Trump's] meeting with president Putin and I think that [Nato] leaders are also looking forward to your thoughts about your meeting with president Putin", Stoltenberg said.
"We have a lot of issues with Russian Federation, without any doubt, but on the other hand you should keep a communication line between countries or alliances and opponents without any question", she said.
Trump has preferred to take aim at allies. But some experts question Trump's strategy in raising the issue on Wednesday, days before he's due to meet with Russia's leader.
United States ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that Trump would also recommit to one of the founding articles of NATO - Article 5 - which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on them all. "Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem". "I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany". "Weakening Germany - and more specifically Chancellor Merkel - weakens Europe and could weaken the EU's ability to maintain sanctions against Russian Federation", says Heather Conley, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Trump said the members will be catching up to their responsibilities but called on them to do more. During the campaign, Trump often resorted to the tactic of falsely accusing his opponents of things he had been criticized for doing. Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung headlined its story: "It is not only bad, it is catastrophic".
A press aide demanded the media leave the room as Trump pushed Stoltenberg to explain how the U.S.is supposed to protect Germany when its opening the front door to Vladimir Putin.
Merkel, for her part, called the two nations "good partners" and said "we wish to continue to cooperate in the future".
Hours later, though, Trump took a softer line during a face-to-face photo opp with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Following that, he will travel to England to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, spend the weekend at one of his private golf clubs in Scotland.
Trump set the stage for clashes at the summit by writing to around a dozen allies to berate them for lagging on a 2014 pledge to try to spend two per cent of GDP on defence by 2024.
But Trump then dismissed that recent increase in spending as a "very small amount of money" relative to what was owed from the past and what should be the current level. Trump has continued to highlight Putin's denials of such activity.
A closer look at the alleged DJI Mavic 2 photo revealed that it looked like a sleeker and more aerodynamic DJI Mavic Pro. If the DJI Mavic 2 leak shows an accurate image, there are still some remaining questions about the next DJI drone.
Mirutenko, her husband, and two friends were either eating at a restaurant or on their way out when the shooting occurred. The 46-year-old bouncer from Huixquilucan, who worked at a bar in the nearby Polanco area, was transported to a hospital.
England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final. Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.
In a statement to one tabloid, Caroline explained, "I'm sad to announce that Andrew and I have chose to part ways". Apprentice star Andrew also took to his Instagram page to reveal the news. "I wish her all the best".
Producer on Madden NFL 19 . " Madden NFL 19 steps up the authentic football experience in so many ways". Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas all earned the second-best rating on the team with an 88 overall.
Wickstead should also feel relieved that Markle wore her hair down, in loose waves, after criticising her wedding hairstyle, too. Harry and Meghan's engagements will include official meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins.
In November, deals involving Iran's oil and energy sector, shipping and ports, and insurance services will be prohibited. Iran supplied 18.4 million tonnes of crude oil during April 2017 and January 2018 (first 10 months of 2017-18 fiscal).
Skygazers are gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Stargazers will also be treated with another unusual astronomical phenomenon - Mars will be closest to Earth.
Sorenstam won by two over Se Ri Pak when she shot her 27 under at Moon Valley at a tournament that no longer exists. Kim notched her seventh LPGA victory and her first since the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mexico past year .
Japanese nurse admits to killing at least 20 patients
Investigators found tiny punctures in the rubber seals of the bags, indicating that the antiseptic had been injected into them. Former colleagues said they were shocked to learn that Kuboki, who started working at the hospital in 2015, had been arrested.
Harold Varner III tied for lead at the Greenbriar
Mickelson double-bogeyed the hole and finished with a 74 on Sunday, at 1 under for the tournament and in a tie for 65th. Four players shot 65 on Thursday, and many more crowded the leaderboard after posting 66s to start the tournament.
Sarah Palin claims Sacha Baron Cohen duped her for talk
The politician went on to say she thought she was being interviewed by a disabled USA veteran for a legitimate documentary. She ended the post with one last call out, writing, "Feel good and manly about your M.O., Sacha? ".
Baby killed as tornado hits RV park
They say another 79 structures had moderate damage from the Tuesday morning twister and 120 had minor to no damage. Schwartzenberger said his onsite commander reported 122 structures in the park were completely destroyed.
Don't blame OPEC, oil producer group says of Trump criticism
Iran, OPEC's third-largest producer, is facing USA sanctions on its oil exports that are prompting some buyers to cut purchases. The U.S.is reimposing sanctions on Iran, after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement in May.