President Donald Trump's performance at the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that concluded Thursday stunned world leaders, causing them to question his commitment to the transatlantic alliance and lead the Pentagon to go into "damage control" to reassure United States allies, according to reports.
"We think President Trump is basically right that the foundation of a successful alliance is fair contributions by all parties", he said.
Macron said: There is a communique that was published yesterday.
During a tense summit, the businessman announced his wish that all 29 member nations should increase spending to two per cent immediately, and eventually double that to four per cent of GDP.
Trump also slammed the Nord Stream II pipeline that is set to bring gas from Russian Federation to Germany, calling it a "horrible mistake" that would give Moscow power over Berlin.
Trump added, "All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!"
The US leader has also singled out Germany for particular criticism over its defence spending.
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The issue dominated the president's public remarks after he arrived in Brussels on Tuesday, striking fear among European officials that the president would question the US' role in the alliance. "I'm very glad that today we are united in freedom. because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions". Everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment.
"I'm sorry, they're for White House staff", they were told as they tried to grab vacant seats at the front. "It's very detailed", the Associated Press quoted Macron as saying.
Another diplomatic source said that a "special session on burden sharing is ongoing".
Earlier, US President Donald Trump had chastised Germany for buying Russian natural gas and for working on the pipeline, claiming that such trade amounted to Germany being a "captive" of Russia.
Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.
It's a typically Donald Trump approach to diplomacy and getting things done - he likes to sign pieces of paper that are largely symbolic, he attacks allies on Twitter but keeps sweet in person - and he sabre-rattles using the gravitas of the United States to get his way. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before".
BBC reported Tuesday that European Council President Donald Tusk advised President Trump to appreciate the European allies of The United States. Some NATO allies had not exactly heard the same conclusions as Trump around the table, and French President Emmanuel Macron immediately poured cold water on Trump's spending ambitions for other allies.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is insisting that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic. As for the reaction of other leaders, Trump said, "Everybody in the room thanked me".
"I let them know that I was extremely unhappy", he said, but added that the talks had ended on the best of terms: "It all came together at the end".