No shove, but Trump body language speaks to frosty relations

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REUTERSMelania Trump news Melania waved as she drove off in the black car

In a bid to avoid a row, Stoltenberg replied: "Nato is an alliance of 29 nations and there are sometimes differences..."

Trump has harshly criticized May, Merkel and Trudeau since taking office and opened Wednesday with another broadside against Merkel, asserting that her country is "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russia as he objected to a deal to bring Russian natural gas directly to Germany.

Baltic leaders, fearful of any repeat of Russia's annexation of Crimea, called for unity, while Slovak President Andre Kiska said his country was "one of the good guys" because it was increasing defence spending.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to set the tone on Wednesday by announcing more troops for NATO's Afghan training mission.

On "America's Newsroom", former US ambassador to the United Nations and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said meeting with Putin is the right move for Trump.

Trump appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply Berlin was funding a pipeline that Chancellor Angela Merkel says is a commercial venture.

The president and his fellow critics argue that if America does less, others will do more - that its largess facilitates free riders. The paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

The acknowledgement came during a pre-dinner interlude in Trump's long summit day.

Trump previously has told allies that if they don't meet higher spending targets, they should leave the alliance and go it alone on military matters.

During a breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump accused Germany of being "a captive of Russia" because of Berlin's energy deals with Moscow.

TRUMP: "Frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions".

During the president's remarks, he suggested countries not only meet their minimum commitment of 2 percent but increase it to 4 percent, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary said in a statement. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", Trump said Tuesday before departing for Brussels. The at 3.5 percent, or $685 billion past year.

Kerry was responding to comments Trump made at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday in which he claimed Germany was "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russian Federation". "I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but immediately".

How did leaders respond to Trump's tirade?

"We are partners, we are good partners, and we will continue to cooperate in the future", she said.

"Canadian prime ministers have always been careful to keep a distance from their American counterparts. but the bottom line is you do have to look at dollars because dollars do talk".