Stoltenberg sought to seek a more conciliatory tone, hailing Trump's plan to expand, with 4.8 billion US dollars, the European Reassurance Initiative, a military fund to counter "Russian aggression". "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years", Trump added.
Yesterday was an opportunity to the American president to reassure our partners overseas about our partnerships and commitments. How did this badness manifest itself?
He said their meeting with Mr Trump was "frankly constructive", adding: "The US can not compare their trade situation to the EU".
Mr Trump will not be the only G7 newcomer.
"NATO is more than a club, more than an organisation". Dusko Markovic, Montenegro's prime minister, felt the wrath of Trump personally as he was abruptly shoved aside by the President before a photo op. The President ignored a request by the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the heads of state to wave to the camera, staring straight ahead.
Trump called for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member nations to step up and pay their "fair share" of defense spending in the fight against global terrorism.
"We will never waiver in our determination to defeat terrorism and achieve lasting security, prosperity and peace", Trump said in the speech before a dinner with leaders.
NATO Association of Canada president Robert Bains suggests the key to encouraging cash-strapped governments to loosen the purse strings is to unite them behind NATO's commitment to ensuring safety and stability within its member-states, rather resorting to public shaming.
Mrs. Trump's modeling experience came in handy in her Belgium stops, as she struck carefully angled poses and peeked over her shoulder at photographers.
Because of President Trump's past praise of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and his tough talk on migrants and minorities, protesters were out in mass when he arrived in Brussels.
Merkel said Thursday that she "will very clearly say in the talks with the Turkish president that for us it is indispensable, because we have a parliament's army, that our soldiers can be visited by members of the German Parliament".
Trump, on his first overseas trip as U.S. president, on Thursday met with Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, both of whom have been critical of Trump's remarks in the past. "Our NATO allies responded swiftly and decisively, invoking for the first time in its history the Article 5 collective defense commitments".
Markovic himself, however, shrugged off the slight. In a sign of growing frustration felt by EU leaders, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, speaking after meeting Trump in Brussels, defended European defense spending, insisting: "Europe is taking on greater responsibility on defense". The president does not acknowledge him.
If so, we wonder how the USA media would report that? Bains said Trump's win likely caught the Liberals off guard, forcing them to take additional time to regroup.
Stoltenberg also hailed Trump's plan to expand, with $4.8 billion, the European Reassurance Initiative, a military fund to counter Russian aggression.
The president lambasted the many members nations who are not paying the required 2 percent of their GDP toward the organization. His constant U-turns and contradictory statements may be confusing, but are no longer necessarily seen as alarming.