Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders over defense spending

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders over defense spending

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders over defense spending

The U.S. role in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been a focal point for Trump since before he was elected president.

Berlin has given its blessing for the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will bring gas to Germany by way of the Baltic Sea.

The two later had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit.

"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.

Merkel replied by pointing out that Germany is one of the largest contributors of troops for NATO's missions.

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Referring to the 97-2 vote Tuesday in the U.S. Senate affirming its support for NATO, Kerry called on Republican lawmakers to call Trump on his actions.

He said Canada should spend more on defence not merely to please Trump - who will just "take, take, take" - but also to serve our own national interests by increasing troop levels, replacing aging equipment, protecting Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic and taking part in humanitarian missions overseas.

"In recent years we've seen Russian Federation stepping up its arms sales to Iran; shielding the Syrian regime's appalling use of chemical weapons; launching cyber-attacks that have caused huge economic damage; and spreading malicious and fake news stories on an industrial scale", she said.

He said the deal meant that Germany was now "totally controlled" by Moscow. The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Vitaly Tretyakov, a political author, described Trump on state TV on the day the summit was agreed as "a neophyte in world politics" to whom Putin could explain Russian thinking and why Russia was right to annex Crimea.

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By slapping higher tariffs on European Union metals experts and threatening more on cars, Trump has shown his anger at the US trade deficit with the European Union.

European - and Canadian - military budgets have increased over the last two years, something Trump prodded NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to give him credit for on Wednesday.

'President Trump, who spoke first, raised the issue not only to achieve 2 percent, today, but a new barrier - 4 percent, ' Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told reporters, according to the wire service Reuters.

Before the summit, European Union President Donald Tusk hit back at Trump for his "daily" criticisms of Europe, pointing out that the EU spends more on defense than Russian Federation and nearly as much as China, and telling him to "appreciate your allies. Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?" "Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem".

Back in the U.S., Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump's "brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany", as "an embarrassment". The U.S. intelligence community, backed by a Republican-led Senate panel, has definitively concluded that Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

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The attack on the Skripals was an example of a growing disregard for "the norms and laws that help to keep us safe", she said, and undermined her vision for a rules-based global order.

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