He demanded that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend four percent of their gross domestic product on defence, a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.
EU President Donald Tusk stepped up to the fight with his own salvo against Trump on Tuesday, telling him to "appreciate your allies" and reminding him Washington that Europe had come to its aid following the 9/11 attacks.
"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening", Trump said, adding that, in response, European countries agreed to up their spending.
Trudeau said he did agree to uphold Canada's commitment to the 2014 Wales NATO summit pledge on defence investment, but took pains to point out the declaration technically states NATO allies would merely "aim to move towards" the two per cent guideline within a decade. "Because of that, we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".
He vowed to bring up Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the USA presidential elections, which his campaign is accused of colluding in.
Despite repeated USA warnings that companies involved in the deal also risk being slapped with sanctions, Nord Stream 2 is scheduled for completion next year.
After the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec, where Mr. Trump left the conference without signing the statement that his advisers had endorsed, Mr. Trump attacked Mr. Trudeau as "weak" and "dishonest". Trump says Germany is "totally controlled" by Russian Federation.
Following US President Donald Trump's call for member states to raise defence spending to four per cent of GDP, Radev said that he had asked Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg what would happen to the Transatlantic relationship "which is the backbone of NATO's military capability, if we are not reaching two per cent (of GDP) now, and no one is talking about four per cent".
"We are increasing our defence budget".
German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the USA gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany. Now, never more vividly apparent than in his behavior Wednesday, President Donald Trump seems perfectly inclined to dismantle it, if that serves his goal. "I'm a very stable genius". The US leader told journalists at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence in Chequers.
"The President said his meeting with the Russian leader may be the easiest" part of his European tour, with massive protests expected over his presence in London.
It's an uncomfortable environment for May, who is facing her own political unrest outside of Trump's visit. He described the U.K.as a "hot-spot with lots of resignations".
Trump's trip to Britain will test the bonds of the U.S. and U.K.'s special relationship.
"What you spend on a military budget doesn't necessarily automatically lead to greater capacity to contribute to NATO's defence", he said.
Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it. "They like me a lot in the U.K".