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"We are not here to lecture - we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship", Trump said.

The White House did not disclose the meeting ahead of time, and officials offered no comment after it was announced by the Canadians. While White House officials said the speech should be read as reaffirming his support, the encounter left allies still uncertain whether the US would come to their aid if attacked.

Now that he has returned to the White House, Trump will have to deal with the growing concern over possible links between his inner circle, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Russian Federation, which has generated scores of headlines in the country while he was overseas.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania arrive a concert in the Ancient Theatre of Taormina (3rd century BC) in the Sicilian citadel of Taormina, Italy, Friday, May 26, 2017.

President Donald Trump's top advisers are refusing to address reports that his son-in-law and a top Russian diplomat may have discussed setting up a secret communications channel. Knowing the president's receptivity to flattery, the Saudis pulled out all the stops and gave Trump a red-carpet welcome, a horse-borne escort on his trip to the royal palace and a lavish party that included a traditional sword dance.

The president tweeted as he departed Sicily for Washington, concluding his nine-day maiden overseas trip.

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February.

The president vowed to provide troops with new equipment and vehicles, and touted his budget proposal - which calls for a $54 billion increase in defense spending for the next fiscal year - as an indication of his commitment to the military. At a dedication for a memorial of 9/11 and NATO's Article 5, which guarantees mutual defense, Trump hectored member nations for failing to contribute their "fair share" of NATO's defense.

Third, NATO's 28 European members need to reevaluate the strategic purposes of greater spending.

Trump is meeting with leaders from the G-7 nations in Sicily.

With the leaders of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners standing like school children behind him, Trump upbraided them for not spending more on defense and repeated the charge that some members owed "massive amounts of money" from past years - even though allied contributions are voluntary.

In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets.

Kushner's involvement in the proposed back channel was first reported by The Washington Post, which said he suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more hard to monitor.

First, NATO members have made important troop commitments in support of United States policy-in the Balkans, for instance, and in Afghanistan-and are active in intelligence gathering and sharing on terrorism.

"This seems to be the end of an era, one in which the United States led and Europe followed", Daalder said. Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States of America, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions. He'll be returning to Washington, D.C. late Saturday.

Trump's refusal to join the rest of the G7 on climate change Saturday was met with willingness to keep trying to bring him on board.

Kelly appeared on "Fox News Sunday", NBC's "Meet the Press" and ABC's "This Week", Schiff also spoke on ABC, and Booker was on CNN's "State of the Union". Every other American president has managed to do so. It looked like Trump was ready to pull away first but Macron wasn't quite ready to disengage.

Another story that broke while Mr. Trump was gone was one that said three leakers inside the White House had been identified, and that the President would be getting rid of them once he returned to the U.S. No names were revealed, but it has resulted in plenty of rumors across the political spectrum, especially more from conservative figures on social media, who publicly pointed the finger at aides whom they argued are not reliably supportive of the President. John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment.

The G-7 includes the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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