Trump pushes aside prime minister

Other NATO leaders wanted him to "express a commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter, which says that an attack on one nation is an attack on all nations", Tamara reports.

On another security note, Theresa May, British prime minister, said she would tell Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that private intelligence shared between their two countries, which included forensic photographs from the bomb site published by the New York Times newspaper, should not be leaked.

And last month Trump hit headlines for describing eating a "beautiful chocolate cake" with Chinese president Xi Jinping as he fired a missile at Syria, which he mistook for Iraq.

Trump also did not explicitly affirm that an attack on any member of the 28-nation alliance is an attack on all. Last year, only five of the 28 countries met the 2 percent goal: the U.S., Greece, Britain, Estonia and Poland.

He noted 23 of the 28 member nations are now not paying "what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense".

Praise was always going to be in short supply after Trump's sharp election campaign criticism of the alliance, which he blamed for not doing more to combat terrorism.

Article 5 has been invoked only once in NATO's six-decade history - after the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington. "President Trump, during the campaign, had not shown a full commitment to that".

"We must be tough", Trump said.

"Every US President since Truman has pledged support for Article 5-that US will defend Europe".

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An anti-terror coordinator may also be named.

Some allies also question the overall value of using NATO's 2 percent national spending target as the ultimate measure of military capability.

The gathering, to be held in Taormina, Sicily, will be Trump's final leg on his first overseas trip as president, following stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Belgium.

British officials are particularly angry that photos detailing evidence about the bomb used in the Manchester attack were published in The New York Times, although it's not clear that the paper obtained the photos from US officials. In a written statement, Trump called the alleged leaks "deeply troubling" and said he was asking the Justice Department and other agencies to review the matter.

Earlier that day, yet more odd behaviour was caught by TV cameras during Trump's first face-to-face meeting with Macron.

Separately, Trump vowed to crack down on leaks that led British police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's concert bombing.

European Council chief Donald Tusk, who met Trump with European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, said there were differences on climate change and trade but above all Russian Federation.

Another clip of the POTUS has gone viral for showing him firmly shaking the hand of newly-elected French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron for far longer than might be necessary.

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