Trump claims Germany 'controlled' by Russian Federation

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

During the meetings, he demanded via a tweet that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025" and then rattled them further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 percent of their gross domestic product on defense - a bigger share than even the United States now pays, according to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statistics.

Not only did Trump demand on Twitter on Thursday that countries meet the 2% level by this year, not 2024, but he also said all countries should eventually hit 4%, which is more than even the United States now spends.

This comes after President Trump blasted Germany for being "captive" to Russian Federation over the multi-billion dollar gas pipeline - called Nord Stream 2.

'Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025", Trump tweeted.

As well as Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Charles Michel, the prime minister of Belgium, were also singled out by Trump for undershooting on their spending targets when US taxpayers, funding a defense budget worth about 3.6 percent of their national income, foot much of NATO's bills.

The spike in tensions comes as President Trump is preparing for his first-ever summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in less than a week, sparking worry among allies. "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

Instead, a series of events - a black-tie dinner with business leaders, a meeting with May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II - will happen outside the bustling city, where Mayor Sadiq Khan has been in a verbal battle with Trump.

Confirming the Mr Trump's comments, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations". Tim Kaine, D-Va. "I'm very anxious".

Macron and Putin talk regularly on the phone and have hosted each other for summit meetings in the previous year, but they have found little common ground on issues such as the Syrian civil war and conflict in Ukraine. I think he's right about the spending levels.

In his remarks, that outraged many in the United States and upset his European allies, Trump said that countries like Germany depended too much on Russian gas for their energy supplies.

The president is expected to meet with the leaders of Azerbaijan, Romania, Ukraine and Georgia before he travels to London Thursday.

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

The NATO chief was frank about the impact of Trump's criticism on the organisation. "This has been going on for decades, for decades and it's disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're gonna make it fair".

Mr Tusk recalled that the Europeans are spending more than Russian Federation and as much as China on defence.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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