Trump claims Germany is 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation

Trump claims Germany is 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation

Trump claims Germany is 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation

He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

The size of a nation's particular GDP is irrelevant, she argued, and warned Europe that following the wasteful habits that Trump has embraced in the US could be a recipe for disaster. Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

The president made the remarks less a formal proposal, but while urging members to up their contributions and promote fair burden sharing across the organization.

The United States spent more than 3.5% of its GDP on defense in 2017, or about $685 billion, according to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation report.

"Germany is paying just over 1% [of its GDP], whereas the United States, in actual numbers is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP", he said.

"This has gone on for many presidents. In that we also defend the interests of the United States".

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"We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2%". 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.

Trump said it was "very inappropriate" that the U.S. is contributing to the defence of Europe when one of its richest countries is supporting a major energy project with Moscow. "We're protecting everybody. this has been going on for decades", Trump said.

Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "I think we should first get to 2%, focus on that now. the good thing is that we are moving to that".

Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed. The United States spends heavily to defend Germany from Russian Federation, he said, while Germany is paying "billions and billions of dollars a year to Russian Federation".

"Germany is captive of Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US", Trump wrote. But at the bilateral meeting he exulted: "We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor".

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The criticisms of America's allies come days before Mr. Trump is slated to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin - whom he often says he wants to get along with - in Helsinki, Finland.

"I think we can cope with it", von der Leyen said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back firmly, insisting that Germany makes its own decisions and drawing on her own background growing up in communist East Germany behind the Iron Curtain.

If Mr. Trump's real concern were inadequate European spending, he should have started by better informing himself.

"We are investing heavily in the German armed forces and other European countries too, because the armed forces need it".

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