Lawmakers in the US seemed to break with the president's attacks, issuing their support for the decades-old organization.
"I don't understand why Germany would be so in favor of supporting that particular supply source instead of diversifying", said Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels ahead of the two-day summit, Trump complained that Russian Federation enjoyed undue influence over Germany thanks to "inappropriate" oil and gas deals.
Burns, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, said, "Trump is right to push this issue of defense budgets because Europeans do need to spend more, particularly Germany, on their national defense".
That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, the report noted. There isn't a penalty for not meeting it, but Trump has repeatedly castigated Germany in particular for not spending enough, in his view, on defense.
"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said.
As US President Donald Trump uses his time in Brussels to lambast European leaders for their various failings, as he sees them, a photograph now making the rounds on Twitter has captured the mood perfectly. "I am very happy that we are today united in freedom as the federal republic". Afterwards he will spend the weekend in Scotland at his gold club, Trump Turnberry, in Ayrshire.
Kerry, who served as the Secretary of State from 2013-17, said Trump makes public adversaries out of its friends, and turns USA adversary, who has been attacking America's democracy, into his fawned-over ally. But after a day of Trump throwing political hand grenades at Germany, he and Merkel gave a cool and cordial read out of their private meeting.
"We have been clear that firms working in the Russian energy export pipeline sector are engaging in a line of business that carries sanctions risk", a spokesman for the US State Department told Reuters.
It didn't take long for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to respond to Trump's comments.
Trump said Germany's closure of coal and nuclear power plants on environmental grounds had increased its dependence, like much of the rest of Europe, on Russian gas. "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending".
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump attend the evening reception and dinner at the 2018 NATO Summit.
After Trump's cordial reception of Merkel in the afternoon, it seemed Trump avoided the kind of diplomatic disaster he set in motion at the G7 in June.
Despite his continued criticism of the transAtlantic pact, Trump on Wednesday signed the 23-page North Atlantic Treaty Organisation declaration, along with his 28 other allies, which reaffirmed the two percent goal to be reached by 2014.
But no sooner after he got in his presidential motorcade to ride to a formal dinner at a historic setting in Brussels, Trump tweeted a few last critiques. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.
Gazprom secured permits from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany to build the pipeline on the bed of the Baltic Sea. He said the United Kingdom contributes $61 billion, Germany $51 billion and Canada "an embarrassing" $21 billion.
And he speaks from experience: Kavanaugh clerked for Kenneth Starr, the special counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton. Covington said Kavanaugh's previous writings on indictments of sitting presidents will be of particular interest to lawmakers.
Gorsuch. "Quelle que soit la personne nommée, elle se retrouvera à droite du président Roberts, qui devient le juge médian". Pour l'Union américaine pour les libertés civiles, cette nomination peut mettre en danger le droit à l'IVG.
Le juge Kavanaugh, diplômé de Yale, a déjà travaillé à la Cour suprême pour le juge Anthony Kennedy qu'il va remplacer. Récemment, Brett Kavanaugh s'est opposé à ce qu'une adolescente entrée clandestinement aux Etats-Unis puisse avorter.
If they beat Croatia and progress to the World Cup final, the FA won't care one little bit about that 70,000 Swiss Francs fine. It added: "FIFA had previously requested the Football Association to cease the activity that led to the sanction".
Even before the final rescues, tributes began for the courage of the boys and their ability to survive the ordeal. None in the third group - four boys and their 25-year-old coach - suffered hypothermia, according to Thongchai.
Basu said the two "must have got a high dose" and police were seeking a "container" they are believed to have handled. This has been identified as the same type of nerve agent that contaminated both Yulia and Sergei Skripal.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane takes on a familiar opponent this week when England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-final. When they said this was an experimental tournament for a young England side, Southgate refused to swallow that.
Talk about a rough way to lose - especially after the A's put up up four runs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. The ball spun into fair territory, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy made a move to grab it and tag Bregman out.
Fekir tells Lyon president Aulas: Sell me to Liverpool
Aulas has a reputation as one of the most stubborn negotiators in Europe, but has already begun to soften his stance. The Reds will not resurrect the deal unless Lyon are willing to restructure the transfer fee or lower the price.
Andriy Yarmolenko 'very happy' to make West Ham move
West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund . West Ham's joint-chairman David Sullivan says the club are determined to add more players this summer.
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Meade is also a cousin of Prince William's stepmother, Camilla , Duchess of Cornwall , though several times removed. The royal family has close ties to the RAF, with four generations working closely with the aerial warfare force.
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Neymar au Real? Non, assure la presse brésilienne. "La présence de Cristiano Ronaldo était un des freins à l'arrivée de Neymar ". Cela obligerait indirectement le champion de France à se séparer d'un de ses deux cracks, Neymar ou Kylian Mbappé .
Former UCLA guard Knight found dead at 39
Knight played professionally overseas including stints in France and Japan and worked as a basketball skills coach. Speaking to the Los Angeles Daily news , Escoto said that " Honeycutt had been going through some things ." .