North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump urges members urged to double defence spending

The station is part of NATO's anti-missile shield for Europe.

And he said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies - after all you don't have that many". Here is some of what he's said and how those statements stand up to the facts.

"We are protecting Germany, we are protecting France, we are protecting all of these countries and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation".

"It allows him to make his point that Russian Federation is not isolated, that Russian Federation is a great power, and to some extent can even claim an equal status with the United States, at least in the security field", said Kortunov.

"There is no ledger that maintains accounts of what countries pay and owe", says former Obama administration National Security Council staffer Aaron O'Connell. "NATO is not a country club".

But other countries still have several years to reach the target commitment, and for those experiencing significant economic growth, increases in defense spending may take some time to reflect change to the share of GDP.

Meanwhile, NATO members in Europe contributed a total of $249.7 billion to their defense budgets and spent an average of 1.46% of GDP.

He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

Trump's pipeline criticism was an unusual line of attack for a president who has proclaimed himself eager to improve relations with Russia's Vladimir Putin and dismissed the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to help Trump win.

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"We're not comparing apples to apples", notes Garret, a lecturer at American University's School of International Service.

The steady drum of anti-German rhetoric from the United States, one of the country's traditionally closest friends, has people wondering whether to get ready for a messy breakup.

The United States does pay for approximately 22 percent of a small, commonly-funded budget that concerns civilian and some military expenses, Daalder noted.

Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context. "We're protecting everybody. And yet we're paying a lot of money to protect".

Trump, Smith said, "upended world order in the way that no president has".

Mary Civiello, an executive communications coach and expert on body language, told The Washington Post that Kelly's expression during Trump's comments seemed to suggest "he wants to be anywhere but where he is". "The good news is that allies have started to invest more in defense". The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

He added: "The president's attack on our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation friends is drawing concern from quarters around this globe including from both sides of the political aisle here at home".

The defense minister agreed with Trump about defense spending. "Now maybe there's a bit more urgency now because he's blunter than his predecessors in criticizing his European partners".

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