Germany ‘totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

  • Germany ‘totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

Germany ‘totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

What NATO partners dispute is Trump's repeated suggestion that the USA gets little in return for its commitment to defend member countries if threatened.

"The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some". So you tell me, is that appropriate?

Indeed, Trump spent the next several few hours practically ensuring it.

But Trump's increasingly vitriolic tone on those issues, plus his criticism of Merkel's migration policies and his decisions to pull out of agreements dear to Germany like the deal meant to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and the Paris climate accord, have many questioning what comes next.

"Indeed we have an opportunity to have an exchange of our economic developments on issues such as migration and also the future of our trade relations".

'We are protecting Germany, we are protecting France, we are protecting all of these countries and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

"This has gone on for many presidents".

"Something has to be done", he added.

The United States has long opposed Nord Stream 2, saying it would undermine Europe's security.

His approach has fuelled concern among his critics at home and overseas that he is intent on deconstructing the post-war order and replacing it with an "America First" breed of transactional diplomacy. "Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".

According to the declaration, all Allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defense in real terms and some two-thirds of Allies have national plans in place to spend 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense by 2024. Why are their only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? "The US is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade".

Yet Mr. Trump's warnings about the pipeline's strategic dimension would be more persuasive if he weren't also as busy as Mr. Schröder playing down the strategic threat posed by Mr. Putin.

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.

That means that if Trump really wants to pull out of USA commitments here, he's going to have to take several steps.

With tensions in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance smoldering over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel, his comments fueled concerns about the USA role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War Two, Reuters noted.

"We are stronger together than apart", Stoltenberg said.

Despite Trump's claims about Germany, Merkel served as a forceful advocate for imposing - and maintaining - sanctions on Russian Federation after it annexed Crimea in 2014, arguing that it violated the principles of the global order established after World War II.