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

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.

"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised. "I think it is very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump launched a sharp public attack on Germany on Wednesday for supporting a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation, saying Berlin had become "a captive to Russia" and he criticised it for failing to raise defence spending more.

"The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some".

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". "You tell me if that's appropriate".

The president was calling out the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast, which would bypass Eastern European nations and double the amount of gas that Russian Federation can pipe directly to Germany. Not fair to the USA taxpayer. "So I think that's inappropriate also", he added, according to The Guardian.

Back in the U.S., Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump's "brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany", as "an embarrassment".

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"In recent years we've seen Russian Federation stepping up its arms sales to Iran; shielding the Syrian regime's appalling use of chemical weapons; launching cyber-attacks that have caused huge economic damage; and spreading malicious and fake news stories on an industrial scale", she said.

He said Trump must make it clear to Putin that Russian Federation must cease meddling in USA and European elections, do something about the annexation of Crimea, work with the U.S.to remove Syrian dictator Bashar Assad from power and put the squeeze on Iran.

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

Ms. Merkel and other European leaders probably are aware that Mr. Trump's deep skepticism toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is shared by virtually no one in his own administration or Republicans in Congress; the Senate passed a resolution in support of the alliance by 97 to 2 on Tuesday.

"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France".

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States own spending on defense. "I am very happy that we are today united in freedom as the federal republic".

"It's an attitude that long term for the German-American relationship is anything but helpful", lawmaker Rolf Muetzenich, a foreign affairs expert with Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition Social Democrats, told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

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