But NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that military spending had been rising in Europe since 2014 and members were making efforts to meet the objective, particularly Germany, which is often singled out by Trump for criticism.
As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when US taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.
He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?" "Everybody in that room got along and they agreed to pay more and they agreed to pay it more quickly".
U.S. officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war.
The alliance lists the U.S.as spending an estimated 3.5 percent of its GDP on its military budget this year.
"Instead, President Trump just insults friends who have sacrificed to hold that pressure together".
He also said that he has hope for what the allies can do to marginalize Putin, even if Trump refuses to. Most NATO members are spending less than 2 percent, though more are moving in that direction.
Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" and that allies were "going to up it at levels they've never seen before".
Though NATO allies have squabbled in the past, Trump seemed to be leaving in his wake not just bruised feelings, but deeper concerns about the future of the Western alliance that has served as a bedrock of the global order.
He continued that attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".
He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg.
Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4% of gross domestic product was above the United States own spending on defence.
Referring to the 97-2 vote Tuesday in the U.S. Senate affirming its support for NATO, Kerry called on Republican lawmakers to call Trump on his actions.
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