Trump shames North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on defense spending as unity tested

Trump, however, did not reaffirm America's commitment to that clause.

Trump then stood near Markovic and spoke to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

Speaking at dedication ceremonies for NATO's new headquarters, Trump noted that the defense budgets of 23 of the 28 members don't equal 2 percent of their nation's economic output, as required, while the United States has spent more on defense in eight years than the other 27 combined.

"We have heard President Trump before being very blunt on the message of fair burden sharing", Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting.

Once more, he will likely be received warily, a president who ran on a campaign of "America First" with suggestions of disentangling the United States from global pacts, now engaged in two days of pomp and policy with the leaders of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

"Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively", Trump said, "invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments". During last year's Republican primary campaign, Trump alleged, "NATO is costing us a fortune" and is "obsolete" because other nations aren't pulling their weight.

A spokesman for Mr Juncker, president of the European Commission, which had been negotiating a free trade deal with Washington known as the TTIP before Mr Trump's upset election victory, said the two sides would work to increase trade.

The monument symbolizes efforts to end the disunity in Europe " and confronts Trump with an example of how walls can damage and divide as he promotes erecting one on the Mexican border to keep immigrants from entering the US illegally.

Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund's The Square wins the Palme d'Or
The film's satire and exploration of moral dilemmas culminated in one of the festival's most eye-catching scenes. After winning, Ostlund said: "I think my first reaction was "oh my God, how fantastic".

"Wow. Trump shoves Montenegro's leader to get to the front of the group at NATO Summit", said another user.

But the threat of Islamic extremism remained a uniting theme as the specter of Monday's Manchester concert bombing loomed over the summit at the alliance's new headquarters in Brussels.

"I am not 100 percent sure that we can say today - "we" means Mr. President and myself - that we have common position, common opinion about Russia", Tusk said.

Mr. Trump promised to launch a review, and said, "Leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security".

"We will agree to establish a new terrorism intelligence cell here at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters", Stoltenberg said Thursday morning.

Even so, hopes had been relatively high that the visit, Trump's first overseas trip as U.S. President, could help heal EU-U.S. relations and ongoing rows about European defense spending.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also took Trump to task over USA intelligence leaks from the probe into this week's deadly Manchester bombing.

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