Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the USA president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

What NATO partners dispute is Trump's repeated suggestion that the US gets little in return for its commitment to defend member countries if threatened.

"The president is going to mention the fact that Europe is becoming more and more dependent on Russian Federation for their energy sources, specifically Germany with their invitation to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Barrasso told Fox News.

Moreover, Stoltenberg argued Wednesday that the USA military presence in Europe, through the 29-country alliance, gives it an advantage in dealing with Russian Federation and projecting power in the Middle East and Africa.

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix.

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. Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in "very direct language" but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO's resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally.

"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".

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"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment".

Mrs Merkel told reporters: "I am very happy that today we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany".

Trump's biggest target for criticism, Germany, predicts that it will be spending 1.5 per cent of GDP on its military budget by 2024.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies shrugged off the demand as part and parcel of Trump's brash push for allies to spend more on their own defense at a summit in Brussels, with a quip from the alliance's chief that it should aim to meet its goal before reaching further. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

The attack against a core ally comes just days before Trump is set to meet one-on-one with Putin.

"We call upon [North Korea] to fully implement its worldwide obligations; to eliminate its nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities and ballistic missiles, and abandon all related programmes", the statement said. "This has been going on for decades, for decades, it's disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

Baltic leaders fearful of any repeat of Russia's annexation of Crimea called for unity as they arrived at the summit, while Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska said his country was "one of the good guys" because he was increasing defense spending.

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