He said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "more co-ordinated" and there's a "better spirit for NATO" even amid reports that he threated to pull the United States out of the alliance in a dispute over defence spending.
"Prior to a year ago, where I attended my last meeting it was going down, the amount of money being spent by countries was going down and down very substantially", he said.
In an apparent swipe at Trump, he added: "Sometimes the corridors, comments and tweets take on more importance than what is negotiated, said or endorsed by heads of state". Pledges to spend 2 percent of national income on defence by 2024 must be met by January, he said - a dizzying idea for many countries which now spend just half that.
"We understand that this American president is very serious about defense spending, and this is having a clear impact", Stoltenberg said. "That's all", said Macron, who also denied talk of Trump threatening to withdraw from the alliance. Then, in a closed-door session with allies, he suggested that even spending the agreed-upon 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense wasn't enough.
"The fact is that we have a commitment to increase defense spending". Now, never more vividly apparent than in his behavior Wednesday, President Donald Trump seems perfectly inclined to dismantle it, if that serves his objective. "That's all." In the end, leaders left with an awkward consensus, after hours in which Trump had been so aggressive in his approach with allies that reports made the rounds that he might pull the USA out.
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Russian Federation is keen to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline since it has the potential to double its gas exports under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes through Ukraine with which it has poor relations.
FORDHAM: I don't think from speaking to diplomats there that people thought it was likely, but just the suggestion that it might be possible did definitely make people nervous. "As he said in his interview with the Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her, '" Sanders said in a statement.
"We are increasing our defence budget".
"I made clear that we know that we have to do more and that we have been doing so for quite a while".
But the vehemence of Trump's on-camera breakfast attack on Germany for its backing of a second Nord Stream gas pipeline, and for being "captive" to Russian Federation came as a shock.
FORDHAM: Absolutely. I think that's part of the reason that Trump was light on details and part of the reason that the secretary general in his press conference right now was light on details.
If President Trump has any really close friends among America's European allies, they are few and far between, and dwindling faster than his job approval polls. Chief of Staff John Kelly looked stone-faced the whole time, some people even speculated he turned a hearing aid off at one point while his boss went off against their hosts.