NATO Summit overshadowed by tensions between allies

Nato summit: Trump urges members urged to double defence spending

Nato summit: Trump urges members urged to double defence spending

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US", Trump wrote. Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said, "Yes", but declined to elaborate. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

He also accused member states of failing to pay their fair share of defense spending and of being in debt to the U.S.

US President Donald Trump launched a strong verbal attack on Germany on Wednesday (11 July) for its support to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, aimed at bringing more Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

"We should first get to 2 pct", NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that eight of the 29 allies were meeting that target, while others had a plan to do - turning a leaf on years of defense budget cuts. "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending".

He also once again called for other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to "immediately" increase their own defense spending to 2 percent of their national gross domestic product, a target that alliance members had previously agreed to aim to meet by 2024. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany.

'The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Mr Trump said countries needed to "step up, not over a 10-year period, they have to step up immediately" adding that other USA presidents had raised the issue but "did not do anything about it".

Though the insult will hardly engender warmth from German chancellor Angela Merkel, who Trump is due to meet later today, German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen seemed relatively unperturbed. "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany". "There is no break-up between United States and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks.

Trump has also complained about Germany's oil and gas deal with Russian Federation.

By slapping higher tariffs on European Union metals experts and threatening more on cars, Trump has shown his anger at the US trade deficit with the European Union.

"We're having a great meeting", Mr. Trump told reporters.

Throughout the day, leaders were peppered with questions about Trump's behavior and whether or not they agreed with his position on Germany.

Former secretary of state John Kerry blasted President Trump's criticism of Germany in a lengthy statement on Wednesday morning as "strange", "counterproductive", and "disgraceful".

After meeting with embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May in London and a golf weekend at a Trump-owned course in Scotland, the president travels to Helsinki for next week's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.