But Trump's belligerent statesmanship, together with the actions of his soulmate, Russian President Vladimir Putin, could well lame it forever. But the couple of times that I've gotten to meet him, we got along well. "And I am very happy that today we are united in freedom", Merkel said.
He added that "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation". "I hope we get along well".
"Many countries are not paying what they should", Trump said, seated across from a visibly rattled Stoltenberg.
"It's got to be more than a photo op".
Trump wrote in a second tweet, continuing a line of attack he opened Wednesday against Germany over its reliance on a gas pipeline from Russia: "On top of it all, Germany just started paying Russia, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russia".
As Trump made these comments, reporters at the scene noted that Kelly looked fairly uncomfortable. He is a great diplomat and a great representative for us having been ambassador to.
It followed an uncomfortable first round at the summit where anxious Western allies were subjected to the US president's "America first" approach. "And when you have that occurring, especially with Russia's activities, yeah, it undermines our alliance".
Trump has done more damage to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in months than Russia has in decades Trump takes credit for increased defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but says "it isn't almost enough" Trump questions how Russia probe can "proceed" given Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's private comments MORE said early Thursday that he will raise election meddling during a meeting next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Amid the tumult, British Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a call for solidarity among the allies, saying, "As we engage Russian Federation we must do so from a position of unity and strength - holding out hope for a better future, but also clear and unwavering on where Russian Federation needs to change its behavior for this to become a reality". And it comes just days before Mr. Trump sits down with Putin at the conclusion of his closely watched European trip.
"And frankly maybe everyone is going to have a good relationship with Russian Federation". Trump said that leaders responded to his demands by agreeing to reach that goal soon. Some were less enthused by how he delivered it, however. Jim Risch of Idaho, the expected next chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee if Republicans hold control of the Senate. John McCain at home in Arizona, agreed. He wrote letters to the leaders of Germany, Canada, and others in June, scolding them for not contributing enough to the joint military budget-and hinting that the alliance was not watertight. "So I think [Trump] has every justification for saying it".
Tusk said that when Trump meets Putin afterwards in Helsinki, he should remember "who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem". "You will be the first to know".