Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

At NATO, Abrasive Trump Accuses Germany of Being Russian 'Captive'


President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have met after the USA leader publicly lambasted the longtime ally over its spending on national defense and a Russian oil pipeline.

"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, " she said.

He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

Trump's comment that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline" appeared to misstate German energy use - about 20 percent of which is accounted for by oil and gas imports from Russia.

In 2018, the US defense budget is $706 billion.

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

The U.S. does not even spend 4 percent of GDP on defense. "I think that's very inappropriate". Germany now spends about 1.2 percent, while the USA spends about 3.6 percent.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor", Trump said.

White House officials confirmed he made the remarks during the summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels.

Not all are on track to meet the 2 percent pledge, and Germany is particularly remiss, though it has beefed up spending by billions of dollars.

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Trump, who allies hope will sign off on a summit deal to step up the West's deterrence of Russian Federation, will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Wednesday.

Ahead of his trip to Europe, where he will attend NATO's annual summit before heading to the United Kingdom and then flying to Helsinki for a sit-down with Putin, Trump said the meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" on his trip.

On "America's Newsroom", former USA ambassador to the United Nations and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said meeting with Putin is the right move for Trump. He's also badgering allies to meet a 2 percent target that only five of the 29 members now meet.

Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed.

"The president is going to mention the fact that Europe is becoming more and more dependent on Russian Federation for their energy sources, specifically Germany with their invitation to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Barrasso told Fox News.

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