Donald Trump boasted Thursday of singlehandedly winning commitments from his fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders to meet and exceed a defence spending target of two per cent of GDP - even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only of continuing with Canada's existing military plan.
"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment", President Trump told reporters, going on to repeat the claim that he had secured new commitments 10 more times during a press conference in Brussels. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before".
Stoltenberg said he had called the extra session because the allies felt the issue of burden sharing needed more discussion. Speaking at an end of summit briefing, Stoltenberg praised the gathering, but also stopped short of saying that the bloc's members agreed to go over four percent of GDP for defense spending.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a prime target of Trump over two raucous days.
Some will say that an unpredictable president such as Donald Trump is the only American leader who could achieve these outcomes - because the fear is real. But he did not rule out recognising Rissia's annexation of Crimea. Trump wants the spending to go up to 4% of GDP, which is more than even the US now spends on defense.
After a tense first day, Trump didn't ease up on the second.
"They actually thanked me for meeting with President Putin", he said.
Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time.
Kremlin rejects Trump's description of Germany as Russian 'captive'
The United States, for a number of geopolitical reasons, is vehemently objecting to the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.
Mr Trump fuelled a fire by appearing to criticise prime minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, after the resignation of foreign secretary Boris Johnson and her minister in charge of the European Union exit, David Davis.
"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route. And, as long as Russian Federation persists in its efforts to undermine our interests and values, we must continue to deter and counter them".
US President, Donald Trump, held bi-lateral talks with British Prime Minister, Theresa May at her grace-and-favour country residence, Chequers. Although Trump administration officials point to the longstanding alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary in England will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.
That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, the report noted. "Are we contributing the kinds of resources and demonstrating the kind of commitment to the alliance that always needs to be there?"
The alliance, which sees an attack on one member as an attack on all, was set up at the height of the Cold War, as a counterbalance to the Warsaw Pact between the Soviets and their satellite states.
Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were attacked.
Trump later called the meeting a "success".
"In the case of Germany, a lot of European countries would be very uncomfortable with that level of spending", the diplomat added - a nod to the World War Two aggression that was to lead to NATO's creation.