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

Trump insists he has ‘very good’ relations with Merkel

Trump insists he has ‘very good’ relations with Merkel

Jens Stoltenberg told reporters: "I think we should first get to 2%, focus on that now. the good thing is that we are moving to that". The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. 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.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Belgium Tuesday for the summit, ahead of meetings later this week with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain and Vladimir Putin in Finland.

Her endorsement of the Trump-Putin meeting attempts to cut off awkward questions about Trump's commitment to Nato, an organisation he has openly and repeatedly criticised, which has dogged the ongoing Nato summit and threatened to undermine Trump's visit to London later this week.

In a wide-ranging speech, Mr Abbott says having Mr Trump in the White House has been good for Australia and that it and America's other allies need to step up if they want Washington to remain a reliable partner. Washington spends 3.57 percent of its GDP on its own defense, but most of that money goes for US security in Asia.

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.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a similarly dismissive response to Trump's statement, saying that her country "can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Trump's surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a "captive" of Russian Federation because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.

The US president accused Germany of only spending "a little bit over 1 percent" of its economic output on defence compared to the 4.2 percent spent by the US "in actual numbers".

Hannity blasted several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states for failing to even come close to the two percent standard or 3.5 percent that the United States contributes.

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending.

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"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia", Trump said at the time. Trump said "actual" US military spending is 4.2 percent of GDP, without explaining the big discrepancy. "I think that's very inappropriate".

Germany is extremely reliant on Russian gas, and the new Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea, which Germany approved in March, will only increase its dependence.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".

Any such increase would be almost impossible for smaller countries in Europe to achieve, and it is not clear that the capitals of Europe could muster the public or political support for such breathtaking increases in defense spending.

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