Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S.

Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S.

Over breakfast, the United States president was unrestrained in his criticism of Germany, saying the country was reliant on Russian gas imports and citing some false figures along the way. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation", he said. "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".

The first day of the summit meeting also illustrated the ways in which Trump's foreign policy approach matched up with his domestic political strategy.

"We have agreed to be committed to the pledge to increase the defense spending to 2 percent, let's start with that", the secretary general said.

"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised.

The United States does pay for approximately 22 percent of a small, commonly-funded budget that concerns civilian and some military expenses, Daalder noted.

"This has gone on for many presidents, but no other president brought it up like I bring it up". So far I've avoided conspiracy theories and still believe the president is brainwashing himself with a mindset that prefers dictators to democrats and views alliances as burdens.

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense. Then, as president, came his repeated criticism of the German export surplus with a focus on its popular vehicle brands like Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen, and the accusation Berlin is shirking its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation obligations by spending too little on defense. While Trump was expected to present his complaints that NATO's member nations don't contribute enough and make the US cover the defense bill, he ended up going on a tangent over this global "delinquency", and he also slammed the Germans over their energy dealings with Russian Federation. Tim Kaine, D-Va. "I'm very anxious".

Trump's comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin.

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"I have great confidence they'll be spending more", he said.

"This isn't good for the United States and there are people across the aisle - and the Senate vote yesterday clearly showed - who know it and need to say it", he said.

But the sweeping nature of this claim inspired us to take another look at one of the president's oft-repeated complaints. "I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union".

The US president was similarly effusive when he met German chancellor Angela Merkel. "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany", Mr Trump said. "Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions". "Where energy supply is concerned, we diversify, but the main overarching topic is the summit - we want a summit that sends out the message of unity".

He's talking about increasing defense spending because he sees that is something that really plays to the idea that he's keeping a campaign promise.

"He should concentrate on his own country before he judges others", added Nicole Urban, 26, echoing a widespread sentiment among Germans. So we improved a lot but there's still work to be done.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many", he said.

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