Trump brands Germany a "captive of Russian Federation", days before he meets Putin

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Just a day ahead of the gathering, EU Council President Donald Tusk said that Trump should "acknowledge" its allies since "you do not have that many".

Stoltenberg reminded that the US and Europe are 'stronger together than apart.' To which Trump replied, 'No, you're just making Russian Federation richer'.

"Well, I have to say I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia when you're supposed to be guarding against Russia", Trump said, flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Trump was referring to the controversial $12 billion proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russian Federation and Germany.

"I think we meet with our adversaries".

In Brussels, Tusk hit back at Trump for "criticizing Europe nearly daily" and said the president should acknowledge that Europe is the US' closest ally.

But Merkel nevertheless insisted Washington and Berlin remain allies, saying: "We are partners, we are good partners and wish to continue to cooperate in the future".

He said the deal meant that Germany was now "totally controlled" by Moscow. "I'm very glad that today we are united in freedom. because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Shortly before arriving in Brussels, Trump slammed European NATO members for failing to meet the alliance target of spending at least 2 percent of GDP on defense. Other presidents has raised European defence spending levels in the past but he is intent on dealing with it. "If we look at the gas pipeline, Germany is an independent country".

"I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10 year period, they have to step it up immediately". We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "We're not going to put up with it, we can't put up with it and it's inappropriate".

Stoltenberg later said Trump had "very direct language" but "when it comes to the core message we actually all agree... we have to share the burden more fairly".

"Only the USA can guarantee the security of countries such as Poland, on the eastern flank", he said. He will then fly to Helsinki, Finland, where he plans to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin. He'll attend a working dinner with some of the same leaders he berated over trade during his last world leaders' summit in Canada last month.

President Donald Trump´s insistence that allies pay more for their defence. "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem". An investigation into Russia's meddling and its links to the Trump campaign is ongoing.

Soon after the breakfast, Trump tweeted out a video of himself criticizing Germany during the breakfast.

There have been fears that Trump, keen to be seen to make a breakthrough with the Kremlin strongman, might make concessions that would weaken Western unity over issues such as Ukraine and Syria.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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