"Unfortunately", Abe told reporters, "this time around we won't be able to play golf together". In what may have been an attempt at Trump-friendly sloganeering, Stoltenberg summed up Article 5 by declaring, gamely, "All for one, and one for all!" "Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying", he said. But it is attractive.
RYAN CHILCOTE: Mr. Trump didn't explicitly endorse Article V, the first president who hasn't since the alliance's founding in 1949.
The reaction from leaders of slacking countries was unimpressed (and quite amusing to Americans who have been paying their share for years), to say the least.
After the meeting, it was clear that differences remained.
Another top issue on the G-7 agenda in Sicily is climate change.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and British Prime Minister Theresa May are attending the elite club for the first time. The handshake lasted six seconds, and the 39-year-old Frenchman held his own.
Still, Trump hailed the trip a success as he arrived to the G-7 summit in Sicily Friday, the final stop of his maiden global trip, a grueling nine-day, five-stop marathon. Then, on Thursday, Trump's neglected hand appeared helpless in the dominating grasp of Marcon as the two world leaders posed for a photo.
Video of the incident spread quickly on social networks in multiple languages.
But, you know, they will clearly be very disappointed by the criticism today. "And yes, losers. They are losers", he added, referencing the now-viral comments he made in the initial aftermath of the Manchester attack.
The G-7 includes the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
"Mr. Trump lectured the members for falling short on pledges to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic products on the military, much as he had hectored them on this subject during his presidential campaign", the piece reads. "This is a commitment", he said.
The EU's trade focus has turned to the Asia-Pacific region, including some of the 11 nations that were set to join forces with the United States in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, until Trump's rejection of that deal on his first day in office. You covered the Kremlin for, what, 20 years.
To meet the two per cent guideline, Germany would have to virtually double its military budget, spending more money on defence than Russian Federation.
But he underlined that "it does not mean that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will engage in combat operations".
JUDY WOODRUFF: And, finally, any sense of what the Trump administration, the Trump delegation thinks about all this?
But only five members now meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the USA, which spends more on defence than all the other allies combined.
But the two presidents were not finished.
One of those relationships was on display as Trump began the day with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.