While Germany's spending is increasing, the country will not reach the target by 2024, instead expecting to boost spending to 1.5 percent by 2025.
"We are ready to support our allies while facing global threats to security", said Trudeau, adding that Canada's current mission initially slated to expire in 2019, "will be prolonged for four years".
Germany, a particular focus of scolding by Trump and the region's No. 3 defense spender behind the United Kingdom and France, is projected to remain unchanged this year at 1.24 percent of GDP.
Donald Trump said to hell with it, I know better than everybody else in the world.
The hint of USA withdrawal from Europe, while unlikely, indeed seems to have made many countries hike their defense spending.
Eastern European countries are looking to use the summit to increase the number of troops stationed in their countries as a show of strength towards Russian Federation.
Setting up such a force would present an unequivocal challenge deterrence towards what they describe as Russia's increasingly bold and risky posture towards Europe.
Overall, NATO members will spend an average 2.40 percent of GDP on defense this year compared with 2.42 percent in 2017, the alliance said.
"I have the United Kingdom, which is in somewhat turmoil", said Trump, referring to shaken Brexit negotiations and the recent departure of several officials due to Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of Brexit negotiations. "Unfortunately, this motion has become necessary because some of our closest allies have come to question the United States commitment to collective self-defense".
LONDON - Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she was looking forward to positive talks with US President Donald Trump later this week, after he said that Britain was in turmoil and considered May critic Boris Johnson a friend.
The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary. He should not have made that phone call to Vladimir Putin, but he did, because he is an idiot. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all - who would think?" They were right to say that. And then according to people who were there, he told Putin that his staff were stupid and that Putin just shouldn't listen to them at all, as if his staff is somehow speaking to Vladimir Putin behind his back, which might be something Robert Mueller I guess probably needs to look into at this point. "Dialogue is a sign of strength".
Addressing a joint press conference with European Union leaders, Juncker pointed to strengthening cooperation since the last North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Warsaw in 2016.
Quality defects and missing spare parts have curtailed the readiness of German submarines, warplanes and other weapons after years of declining spending since the end of the Cold War.