Trump repeated demands on the second day of the summit for countries to meet a spending target of two percent of GDP now, instead of by 2024, and to eventually double spending to four percent. "Commitments were made. Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed", Trump said at a press conference before leaving Brussels.
"There is a communiqué that was published yesterday".
"That is all", Macron said. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030.
At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the United States on trade and needed to immediately boost spending.
Tusk also noted that the European Union has helped the United States on numerous occasions, sending troops to fight and die in Afghanistan and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Trump did not directly answer questions about whether he had threatened to take the USA out of the alliance, saying he "told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially".
What happened today is that the secretary general says there was an extra meeting to discuss what they call burden sharing - who pays for what.
US military leaders called their European counterparts to assure them that bases in their countries will remain open and troop levels will not be reduced, after Trump's threat to reassess commitments while speaking with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, NBC News reported, citing officials familiar with the telephone calls.
"The relationship is very strong", Trump insisted, though he did not directly answer questions about the Sun interview. "I'm very consistent", he replied. "I'm very consistent. I'm a very stable genius".
He accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of being beholden to Moscow due to energy imports, while letting Americans pay for protecting Germany from Russian Federation.
Then he claimed "total credit" for increases in defence spending, although they were in fact agreed in 2014, and warned that "NATO is helping Europe more than it is helping us", in language that did not make a public case for unity.
"The stakes for the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting could not be higher", Pelosi said.
"It is a new reality, and you have to look past both spelling and factual mistakes and take Trump serious when he barrels forward with his Twitter", Samuelsen said, according to Politico.
Macron, however, disputed the remarks in a news conference and said there were no such arrangements.
"I've taken over a lot of bad hands and I'm fixing each one of them, and I'm fixing them well", Trump said during a hastily called press conference Thursday. "Russian Federation is a permanent member of the [United Nations] Security Council, it's a nuclear weapons state, it has global reach, whether it's in the Middle East, the Korean peninsula, or elsewhere, and I think it behooves us to have that kind of dialogue", he said. "He may deny (it)", Mr Trump added.
The alliance, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all, was set up at the height of the Cold War, as a counterbalance to the Warsaw Pact between the Soviets and their satellite states.
Ahead of the trip, Trump predicted his meeting with Putin would be his "easiest" stop on his European tour.
"The numbers have gone up like a rocket ship. and they're going to be going up further", he said. "Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
In response to those ideas, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took exception. "Putin is our enemy". They're the closest to Russian Federation and feel threatened by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its occupation of certain regions in Georgia since 2008. He chose to help [Bashar] Assad slaughter Syrians.