Trump insists he has ‘very good’ relations with Merkel

Donald Trump takes the fight to NATO

But he noted that President Barack Obama had raised the issue in the past, securing the 2024 target date in 2014, and did so using diplomacy rather that "bombast and demagoguery".

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. American officials say the U.S.is itself short of that mark, spending 3.3 percent of its GDP on defense.

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg later told reporters that Trump had used "very direct language" but that all NATO allies were agreed that the cost of defence spending must be spread around and that a year ago had seen the biggest increase in a generation. There isn't a penalty for not meeting it, but Trump has repeatedly castigated Germany in particular for not spending enough, in his view, on defense.

Still, Trump is using the 4-percent-argument to ram home his message that the US gets a bad deal from allies.

The tone of their remarks contrasted with an earlier breakfast between Trump and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg, when the Republican president said Germany's reliance on Russian energy left it "in the control" of Moscow and Merkel later referred to her youth in Soviet-run East Germany to insist Berlin was now fully sovereign. German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the project is a private commercial venture. The gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany is one issue where allies disagree.

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"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US", Trump wrote.

Trump, who later arrived at NATO's new billion-dollar headquarters in his presidential limousine, appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply the German government was funding the pipeline, which Berlin says is a commercial venture.

Trump admitted that the issue came up during his meeting with Merkel.

"We are having a great meeting, discussing military expenditure".

The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting later on Wednesday, after which Trump claimed: "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany".

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Merkel responded with equally sedate remarks.

After Trump's cordial reception of Merkel in the afternoon, it seemed Trump avoided the kind of diplomatic disaster he set in motion at the G7 in June.

Trump's White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed the ask to reporters, claiming that it was not a new position for the US president.

Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia. He also alluded to "other countries" with trade barriers against the U.S.in his criticism.

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