Donald Trump says Germany is 'totally controlled by Russia' at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

12 Juillet, 2018, 01:56 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg left next to President Donald Trump in Brussels

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending. "So we're supposed to protect Germany, but they're getting their energy from Russian Federation". He also alluded to "other countries" with trade barriers against the U.S.in his criticism.

Chancellor Angela Merkel recalled her own youth in Soviet-dominated East Germany and said Germany was independent in its policy choices in a pointed response to Trump saying Berlin was a "totally controlled by Russia".

The comments will have made for uncomfortable viewing for the rest of Nato's 29 members, whose officials have voiced fears that Mr Trump could undermine the alliance during the gathering. And it came just days before Trump planned to sit down with Putin in Finland at the conclusion of what has become a contentious European trip.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted Wednesday that member countries have already been increasing their defense spending. The organization is asking all member states spend a minimum 2 percent of their GDP on defensive measures by 2024.

"Many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back, where they're delinquent as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

As cameras left the room, Trump assured reporters his tough tone will encourage North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to pony up: "I have great confidence they'll spend more".

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

He added: "We're protecting Germany, France and everybody. this has been going on for decades".

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Germany invested 1.24 percent of its GDP in 2017 and estimated to do the same in 2018.

Trump did not say 70 to 90 percent of what. "I've been complaining about this from the time I got in". I want him to get something done to protect America's interests.

"But I have to bring it up because I think it's very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayer", he said.

Still, Trump is using the 4-percent-argument to ram home his message that the USA gets a bad deal from allies.

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At the summit's opening, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against what he characterized as a "massive gas deal" between Germany and Russian Federation, calling it inappropriate.

"The alliance is very important and I think there's ways of communicating our displeasure with things without trying to insult and break the alliance apart", said Corker. Germany is a rich county.

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