The comments come amid wide expectations of a turbulent summit-Trump has long criticized the 29-member alliance, calling it "obsolete", and is extremely critical of countries that are failing to meet the target of 2% of their GDP as defense spending.
Trump has taken particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which is set to run from Russian Federation to Germany under the Baltic Sea. And it comes just days before Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.
Setting the tone for the summit's first day, President Trump made waves Wednesday morning at a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg when he accused Germany of being under the sway of Russian interests.
German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the US gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.
"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good". Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.
The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the U.S. president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around.
But with tensions in the Western alliance smouldering over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on United States taxpayers, his earlier remarks fuelled concerns among allies for the U.S. role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War II. Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got underway.
Theresa May faces guerilla tactics from Brexit rebels They are planning a show of strength in the Commons next week in votes on the Prime Minister's flagship Trade Bill. But leading Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin played down the prospects of more walkouts from Mrs May's administration.
Ian Wright Risks Knuckle Sandwich In On-Air Row With Roy Keane However, he was interrupted by Wright, who insisted: "We wasn't talking about the final, we were just having a laugh with ya". Gareth Southgate's men still have one more game to play as they will take on Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday.
Trump has repeatedly slammed Merkel for supporting a new pipeline that would cement Berlin's client relationship with Russian Federation and increase Moscow's influence.
While Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has been in Trump's sights, Britain was keen to make the most of its status as one of the few North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations that meet the spending target and sided with Washington's position that allies should spend more.
But she insisted there must be "unity and strength" in the military alliance and he must not skirt issues like the Salisbury nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia.
"I brought it up, no one brought it up but me".
On day two, leaders will welcome non-NATO partners including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko to the alliance's new glass-and-steel headquarters as they seek to focus on policy rather than politics.
Funding has averaged about $1 billion annually and Stoltenberg has said he expected that level to be met.
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 was 7 years old at the time.
The appointment of Berat Albayrak, who had served as energy minister since 2015, appeared to rattle the markets. Erdogan's party retains control of the parliament due to its alliance with Turkey's main nationalist party.
Saman Kunan , a Thai rescuer who died July 6 when he ran out of air in the cave system, Variety reports . Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.
But he did finish ahead of Giancarlo Stanton ( Yankees ), Eddie Rosario ( Twins ) and Andrelton Simmons ( Angels ). The Red Sox launched a #VoteBenny campaign, spearheaded by 2015 All-Star and Benintendi's teammate Brock Holt.
The PM also warned Mr Trump not to ignore the "malign behaviour" of Russian Federation when he meets Vladimir Putin on Monday. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under fire for his approval of a blimp featuring US President Donald Trump dressed as a baby.
Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began. England were knocked out of the tournament by Croatia, and Kane looked a million miles away from his normal lethal self.
Police officers took photographs of each other at the massive cave entrance, as pumps continued to suck out huge volumes of water. He added that everyone worked together without concerns about race or religion, as the goal was to save the young football team.
Putin has invited the North Korean leader to the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, but Kim has yet to reply. "I actually do have a little gift for him but you'll find out what that gift is when I give him", Trump said .
The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge , Prince William and Kate Middleton was christened at Chapel Royal in St. It is the latter that she had remade in a yellow colour for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding .
The four boys rescued first are "well, they're up and about", Sky News' southeast Asia correspondent, Siobhan Robbins, said. There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.
It's unclear whether Thai officials will opt to use Musk's submarine to rescue the four remaining boys and their soccer coach . The 18-day ordeal ended after three rescue missions which involved the Thai navy SEALs and divers from around the world.
If you turned-off automatic app updates on your device, you can go to the Galaxy Apps update section and manually update the app. There were previous rumours that claimed that the Galaxy S10 + will come fitted with a triple-sensor camera on the rear.
Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019
This way, they will raise interest in space among the people in Israel, and will also encourage young generations to study STEM. Until now, only three world superpowers - the United States, Russia, and China - have achieved controlled lunar landings.
Nigeria's Umar Sadiq close to Rangers deal
The move, which is subject to worldwide clearance, will see the 22-year-old become Steven Gerrard's eighth signing of the summer. He smiled: "I don't like to say anything about myself but I am a hardworking player who always wants to help the team".
Trump pushes allies for immediate military spending increase
Despite the harsh criticism of the president, Kerry agreed that United States allies need to increase their defense spending. The most that current Chancellor Angela Merkel will admit is that the project is as much "political" as economic.
Brett Kavanaugh joins volunteers giving food to the homeless
The Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down, reporters have reason to question Paul's loyalty to this Supreme Court pick. More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job.
Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting Emirates
Before heading to Brussles, Pompeo, himself, was in Abu Dhabi, where he likewise tried to rally more support against Tehran. Separately, the USA is seeking to ensure anti-Iran pressure from its allies on the Persian Gulf's coasts.