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Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending
Bennie Garza | 12 July, 2018, 08:45

"So we're supposed to protect Germany, but they're getting their energy from Russian Federation".

Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive to Russian Federation".

The Commander-in-Chief called-out the Chancellor at the onset of the worldwide summit in Brussels; saying "It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russian Federation where we're supposed to be guarding against Russian Federation".

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States own spending on defense.

"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised. Tim Kaine, D-Va. "I'm very anxious".

'It should never have been allowed to happen.

"Based on our agreed approach of doing nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine, I wish Mr Trump well in his efforts to bring Mr Putin back into line".

Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an "exchange of views" with Trump.Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defence, singling out Germany for particular criticism. "I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union".

He also suggested he could find time to talk to his "friend" Boris Johnson, who left Mrs May's Brexit negotiations in chaos by resigning as Foreign Secretary. He added the US and Germany have a good relationship.

"We have agreed to be committed to the pledge to increase the defense spending to 2 percent, let's start with that", the secretary general said.

By the end of the day in Brussels when Merkel and Trump sat down together, neither seemed interested in continuing the spat - at least not in their public statements in front of the cameras.

"If Donald Trump was claiming that the United States needed to spend more on the Pentagon because we have obligations under North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to come to others' defense, and those obligations are more onerous and thus costly because others are not spending enough on their defense, that would be more accurate", Preble said.

Trump told reporters the two had a "very, very good relationship" and congratulated Merkel on her "tremendous success".

"They will spend more", he later predicted. The U.S. spent 3.6 percent a year ago. He also accused member states of failing to pay their fair share of defense spending and of being in debt to the U.S. Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said, "Yes", but declined to elaborate.

"These countries have to step it up - not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately", Trump said. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

"If Russia's economy falters, Vladimir Putin is finished", Hannity said. The comment illustrated how Trump often seeks to avoid conflict with people when he is face to face with them versus the often-harsher rhetoric he uses when he's talking behind their back.

"How can you make that point with the little evidence that you have and the fact that there is no alternative planning on the table?" she said.

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