"Obviously that deadline is six years away and only a handful of those countries have reached that goal", he said.
According to the report, "In 2017, the US accounted for 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP and 71.7 percent of its combined defense expenditure".
Mr Macron said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday". No, I don't know him well enough, but the couple of times I've gotten to meet him we got on very well. He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.
Before leaving on Thursday for a visit to the United Kingdom, Trump called US commitment to the alliance "very strong", and referred to the two-day summit as "fantastic" characterized by "a great collegial spirit". Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, said Thursday that he believes Russian Federation is worthy of being designated a state sponsor of terrorism.
"Everyone in the room thanked me", he said.
"I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments", an ebullient US president told reporters at a previously unscheduled press conference after the second day of the Brussels meeting, when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders had huddled with him to try to defuse a crisis.
"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", she said.
Officials at the meeting said Trump had shocked many present and broke with diplomatic protocol by addressing German Chancellor Merkel by her first name, telling her: "Angela, you need to do something about this".
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed the ask to reporters on Wednesday, saying that the president "wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations". Though she said that Germany did have "a lot of issues with Russian Federation", she noted that it was important to "keep the communication line between countries or alliances and opponents" open.
In an impromptu press conference this morning, Trump said he had "told people he would be very unhappy if they did not up their commitments very substantially".
"Because of me they've raised about $40 billion over the a year ago". If this happens, it could result in an increase of $40 billion in defense spending.
Currently, all leaders were in a "confused state" because everyone was wondering what the condition for the four per cent meant, and the extent to which Trump was serious, Radev said.
Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defence, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defence if they were ever attacked.
And on Iran, Trump said he believes the government there is "feeling a lot of pain right now" due to tight sanctions.
"I brought it up, no one brought it up but me. All I can do is say "Did you?' and 'Don't do it again" - but he may deny it".
"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests.
"They are going to up it to levels like they have never though it before", he said.