Trump tweets about soybeans, trade during North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday

At the summit's opening, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against what he characterized as a "massive gas deal" between Germany and Russian Federation, calling it inappropriate.

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation".

Trump is correct that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are not dedicating at least 2 percent of their GDP toward defense spending. He also alluded to "other countries" with trade barriers against the U.S.in his criticism.

The alliance set a goal in 2014 for each country to reach the 2% of GDP spending target by 2024.

"We all agree that we have to do more", said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a breakfast meeting with Trump.

"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good", Merkel told reporters in response to Trump's comment's.

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According to a French official, Trump said it would be a good thing if everyone spent around 4 percent on defense, which was presumed to be a generous rounding up of the USA budget of some 3.57 percent of GDP.

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the US president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks. That is more than current US spending as a proportion of GDP - and Pentagon budgets maintain bases and deploy fleets around the world, something that shouldn't be expected from Estonia or Spain.

The president's tweet about Germany came after he had what he described as a "great meeting" with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trump kept going, saying previous American leaders have mentioned the 2 percent issue but either did not understand like he does or "didn't want to get involved". German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her government will increase spending to 1.5% of GDP by 2024. The United States pays about 67 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, more than any other nation, although only 3.5 percent is NATO-related.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted Wednesday that member countries have already been increasing their defense spending.

Merkel said it was very important to have such exchanges like the meeting she and Trump were having because "after all, we are partners. On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the United States, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!" He's also badgering allies to meet a 2 percent target that only five of the 29 members now meet.

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