President Trump lectures NATO members on cost sharing

Trump, who unlike other leaders at the summit is not planning to address reporters, did not respond to shouted questions as to whether the United Kingdom can trust the US with sensitive material.

The 28 member nations, plus soon-to-join Montenegro, will renew an old vow to move toward spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

At a ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump will unveil a memorial to the September 11, 2001 attacks featuring part of the destroyed World Trade Center, while Merkel does the same for a fragment of the Berlin Wall.

The US side meanwhile "expressed concern that jobs in the US would be lost because of Brexit", an European Union source said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is confident that Germany is on the right path with its defense spending, as President Donald Trump demands that allies respect their pledges to increase defense spending.

"Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they're supposed to be paying for their defense", the president said. "And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years", Trump said. "If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism".

Trump's remarks - paired with his conspicuous decision not to reiterate United States commitment to NATO's mutual defense provision, Article 5 - are likely to unsettle allies who had hoped to hear Trump assuage their concerns about his commitment to the historic alliance.

President Trump began his speech Thursday by requesting a moment of silence for the victims of the bombing in Manchester on Monday, calling the terror attack "barbaric and vicious". That decision triggered NATO's participation in the war in Afghanistan. But Trump made no mention of the Article 5 commitment as he spoke next to a new monument centered on steel from the crumpled World Trade Center. "So, Russia is on NATO's agenda", he said.

However at least 9,000 people marched through Brussels on Wednesday night waving blond-haired effigies of the reality TV star president and flags saying "Trump not welcome".

Mr Benitez said the president should have been "clear, transparent, and direct.to reassure our allies" about Article 5 since he was speaking in front of a memorial to the very tragedy that prompted it. We had a fantastic meeting and we had a fantastic tour, it was really attractive.

Merkel also told reporters that she is pleased that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending plans will also take into account what kinds of military equipment countries have and how much they are contributing to alliance operations.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday met leaders of the main European Union institutions here as part of his first worldwide tour after taking office in January. "And I am not 100 percent sure that we can say today - we means the president and myself - that we have a common position, common opinions about Russian Federation", said Tusk. World leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and US.

On the fourth part of an overseas trip for Trump, which has already seen him make visits to the likes of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the Republican met with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss a variety of issues.

Still, Trump had been urging the alliance to take on a bigger role.

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