Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

Trump has called on allied countries to meet or exceed the 2014 Wales summit goal of spending 2 percent GDP on defense spending.

"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France", Trump said. He's also badgering allies to meet a 2 percent target that only five of the 29 members now meet.

The president wanted to know why the USA was continuing to pay money to the group when some countries in the alliance are buying energy from Moscow. Must pay 2 per cent of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.

Trump said on Tuesday that out of several meetings he will attend overseas in the coming weeks, the summit with Putin "may be the easiest of them all." .

The comments will have made for uncomfortable viewing for the rest of Nato's 29 members, whose officials have voiced fears that Mr Trump could undermine the alliance during the gathering.

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Trump had begun the day by attacking Merkel's government, accusing Germany of becoming "captive" to Russian interests through overreliance on its gas exports.

The development of today's German democracy is in no small way shaped on its relationship with the United States, which helped rebuild the country with the Marshall Plan after the Nazi defeat in World War II, and remained a stalwart friend at the side of West Germany when facing down Soviet aggression during the Cold War.

Dignitaries are seen during a show after a dinner at the Parc du Cinquantenaire during the NATO Summit in Brussels, July 11, 2018.

"This has gone on for many presidents". I don't think it is fair to the United States, so we're going to have to do something because we're not going to put up with it.

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

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Despite Trump's complaints about American outlays for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the U.S.is actually spending more in Europe than when he took office.

Germany presently spends about 1.2 percent on defense.

In an interview on "Wolf" with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Menendez, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brought up his concerns about the upcoming summit and how he views the President's attitude towards it. I've been complaining about this from the time I got here. It gets 70 percent of its energy from Russian Federation. "How can you be stronger when a country is getting energy from the person you want to protect against?"

Kerry responded with a lengthy statement Wednesday, calling Trump's missives against United States allies "disgraceful" and "destructive". "So, I think that's inappropriate also".

"Germany is a rich country", he complained. "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".

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"He should concentrate on his own country before he judges others", added Nicole Urban, 26, echoing a widespread sentiment among Germans.

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