Trump pushes allies for immediate military spending increase

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2018

"There is no break-up between United States and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks.

"There are differences, there are disagreements but we delivering on the pledge and substance is what counts".

Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin early next week in Helsinki.

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg later told reporters that Trump had used "very direct language" but that all NATO allies were agreed that the cost of defence spending must be spread around and that previous year had seen the biggest increase in a generation.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledges the disagreement over funding between the United States and other countries but is staying out the spat.

Trump said of Germany: "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and yet you make this deal with Russian Federation".

Around eight members of the 29-country alliance are expected to reach the 2% target this year. Germany's leadership has said the pipeline is a private business decision and they have been reluctant to interfere.

When it was her turn to address reporters in the room for the meeting with Trump, Merkel made no similar declaration about her relationship with Trump.

After Trump ranted that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Chancellor Angela Merkel fired back by reminding him that she grew up while the Soviet Union occupied East Germany, so she has a pretty good idea of what it really means to be under Russia's thumb.

"What Trump is making clear to us and to others is what should always have been screamingly obvious: that our nation's safety now rests in our own hands far more than anyone else's".

Trump has preferred to take aim at allies.

Trump said that "many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back".

"Trump at NATO Summit: It's not just bad, it's a catastrophe", the influential Sueddeutsche Zeitung headlined its story online.

US officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war.

Mr Trump said: "Germany is a captive of Russian Federation".

"Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russia because it's getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump told Stoltenberg at a bilateral breakfast ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium. Kay Bailey Hutchison, said last week that the goal of the summit is to project unity. In April, Trump said on Twitter that the US relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War after Russian officials blocked a resolution at the U.N. Security Council to condemn chemical weapons attacks in Syria. "Explain that. And it can't be explained, you know that".

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix.

Trump started the day bashing Germany, which he said is, "totally controlled by Russian Federation". The gas pipeline mirrors the Nord Stream route going through exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five countries - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany. (New Communications Director Bill Shine, who was pushed out of Fox News for his role in the culture of sexual harassment there, has apparently filled the void-complete with lights that make Trump look younger on TV.) It's hard to believe Kelly even still wants the job, not that he did anything to slow the decay of the American republic while he had the president's ear.

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