>> US President Donald Trump ended the first day of this year's NATO summit by lobbying the allies to effectively double their military spending goals. The current target is 2% of their GDP, which few members have reached yet. Now he wants 4%.>> So you tell me, is that appropriate?
I mean, I've been complaining about this from the time I got in it.>> Now we all agree->> It came just hours after he publicly dressed down the alliance's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, in front of reporters over a new gas pipeline leading from Russia to Germany.>> It should had never been allowed to have happened for Germany as far as I'm concerned is captive to Russia.
So we are supposed to protect Germany particular but they're getting their energy from Russia, explain that. And it can be explained, you know that.>> Reuters Robin Emmott is there.>> Militarily, NATO actually never looked stronger. There is gonna be some big decision on defenses against cyber attacks about the readiness of forces to defend European territory.
An increase in European and Canadian defense spending, so its Trump, the disruptor, who brings a bit of a different approach to the summit.>> Germany did fire back almost immediately.>> I have myself witnessed that parts of Germany were under Russian control. I'm counting on controversial discussions.>> We'll have a great meeting.
>> Chancellor Angela Merkel grew up in Soviet East Germany. And her country, like almost every other NATO member, has increased its military spending since Trump took office. They're also not the only NATO country that imports Russian energy, although some like Poland have called for cutbacks. A lot weighs now on Trump's meeting with Russian's President Vladimir Putin next week.
Some diplomats suspect that despite the aggressive rhetoric, Trump may actually make overtures of peace toward Putin such as a troop draw down in Eastern Europe, which Baltic NATO members are firmly against.