Trump meeting with G-7, African leaders

But one senior diplomat said Trump, who left the leaders' dinner before it ended to fly to Italy for Friday's Group of Seven summit, said the remarks did not go down well at all. Trump also refused to explicitly back the mutual defense agreement the alliance has activated once, on 9/11.

"This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years", Trump said as the other leaders watched.

As a newly appointed special counsel is beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and close adviser, has become a focus of the probe, according to The Washington Post.

Mr. Trump is not the only USA president to urge allies to increase military spending, but he is the first to not explicitly commit to NATO's collective defense clause: "An attack on one is an attack on all".

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Trump was there to celebrate the opening of a global anti-terrorism center.

G-7 leaders are expected to press Trump on the U.S.'s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the 2015 Paris Accord on climate change signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

"There is no doubt that this will be the most challenging G-7 summit in years", said Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.

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Interestingly, a few reports said that even before moving to Belgium, Trump called its capital, Brussels, a "hellhole".

Trump was lavishly feted in Israel as well, embraced by a prime minister who despised his predecessor and was eager to flatter the new president.

It had, he said, also been agreed to adopt an "action plan" created to enhance NATO's contributions while alliance leaders also made a decision to increase support to the US -led Global Coalition to defeat the Islamic State (IS). Trump has questioned its relevance and pushed members to do more to defend themselves.

Trade will also be a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed. But Germany, for instance, has been increasing its defense spending with the goal of reaching the 2 percent target by 2024.

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Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic on Thursday brushed off an incident at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels in Brussels where US President Donald Trump shoved him aside to get in front for the photo shoot. But as Macron approached the other leaders, he appeared to swerve away from Trump to instead embrace German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In Riyadh, he received a lavish, gold-plated welcome: His image was projected across the facade of the luxury hotel where he stayed, horses flanked his motorcade as it moved to one of the king's desert palaces and an extravagant celebration was held in his honor, complete with a traditional Saudi sword dance. But, despite that, he was warmly welcomed by the country's prime minister Charles Michel.

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