'We are being played for fools': Unpredictable Trump on show at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

US president Donald Trump attended the Nato summit

US president Donald Trump attended the Nato summit

In addition, Wallace said he will ask the Russian president about the summit with Trump and where the two sides stand on contentious issues like NATO, Syria and Ukraine.

The US president described himself as a "very stable genius" for securing agreements for extra cash after years of the burden falling on America.

"We have this stupidity going on, pure stupidity, but it makes it very hard to do something with Russia because, anything you do, it's like: "Russia, oh he loves Russia", Trump said.

Questioned repeatedly about Trump's unpredictable demands, Macron injected a note of gravity, underlining that NATO's work is important, that it involves the lives of men and women - U.S. Corporal Joseph Maciel from California was killed in an insider attack in southern Afghanistan last weekend - and must not be taken lightly.

"If we can do something to substantially reduce them, I mean, ideally get rid of them, maybe that's a dream, but certainly it's a subject that I'll be bringing up with him", Trump said of his upcoming meeting with Putin. But Trump later declared in a news conference, "I believe in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", and, as he prepared to depart Brussels, he reiterated that the United States is committed to its Western allies.

And while all member nations have agreed, in principle, to work toward the 2 percent spending goal, each country is ultimately beholden to unique political processes and must consult with their respective parliaments to secure increased military spending.

As the United Kingdom grapples with its own future in the European Union, I hope that President Trump's visit will help to solidify the long friendship between our two great countries.

Just a few hours before he was due to leave for Britain, Mr Trump had more to say apparently - and he said it. It's very detailed. It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. Some NATO nations, like Turkey, have even chosen to buy Russian over USA arms in recent years, a fact that doesn't sit well with the administration.

He may have got his way again - but what of Donald Trump's standing among the leaders?

Trump reportedly targeted Germany the most during the meeting, and even accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being "totally controlled by Russia", referring to heavy imports of Russian gas.

May's office said it would not comment on The Sun article during a greeting when Trump met May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to review a military exercise.

"I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me". And I think that is what I'm mostly anxious about because we're not really putting the organization in a great place for the future because we're so focused on preserving what we have. He said the increase would happen in "a very short number of years". "And then today and yesterday, I was probably a little bit more firm".

As a strong proponent of diplomacy, I believe a meeting between President Trump and President Putin could be a productive one.

FORDHAM: Absolutely. I think that's part of the reason that Trump was light on details and part of the reason that the secretary general in his press conference right now was light on details. Chief of Staff John Kelly looked stone-faced the whole time, some people even speculated he turned a hearing aid off at one point while his boss went off against their hosts.

The cold-war era military alliance has added billions to its budget since 2015, most of which has contributed to the militarization of areas around Russia's border.