North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states to increase defence funding

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photograph prior to a bilateral meeting on the eve of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an "exchange of views" with Trump. But Trump seemed to be anxious to do a victory lap after his antics this week, and that meant the world got to see the Full Trump at a news conference in a way we haven't seen in some time.

He said the USA "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that members meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

Over the two days of talks, Trump assailed leaders of the 70-year-old partnership, saying they weren't paying their fair share for defense and complaining that the United States wasn't getting any benefits from the billions of dollars it spends protecting Europe.

Russia's Foreign Ministry has dismissed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a "useless" military alliance, as the bloc's summit enters its second day in Brussels.

Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".

TRUMP: "You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France".

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom.

Poland, which was under Moscow-backed communist rule for decades during the Cold War, is today one of the most pro-U.S. countries in Europe.

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"No, that's other people that do that", he replied.

Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.

From Brussels, Trump will travel to England, where he'll meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth before heading to Helsinki on Monday for a face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Including that commitment, however, Canada's current defence spending plans are only expected to bring it to 1.4 per cent of GDP, well short of the Wales target.

Leaders will be keen to hear more about Trump's military approach to Afghanistan, which he revamped last August to include a surge in air strikes to force Taliban militants to the negotiating table.

"I think we will be able to", he said.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona wants Trump to tell Putin his invasion and occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine is "illegal" and his activities in Syria are "detrimental". And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

"There is value in protecting the president in having a number of Americans in the room when the conversations take place, because just what I saw on the scale of a congressional visit can happen in a presidential visit in which the description of what transpired in the meeting does not fit reality", Moran said.

Merkel, speaking through an interpreter, said the meeting was an "opportunity to have an exchange about economic developments. and also the future of our trade relations".

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