Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Donald Trump says Germany is 'totally controlled by Russia' at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Donald Trump says Germany is 'totally controlled by Russia' at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden, and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

Numerous issues are not new; former President Barack Obama, who enjoyed a close relationship with Merkel, was critical of the German export surplus, its defense spending and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russian Federation.

Typically, when people are "involved in a persuasive effort together", those in nonspeaking roles will gaze at the person who is talking, occasionally nod to reinforce what they are saying and then look at those on the opposite side of the table to convey a sense of unity, Civiello said. "But despite those disagreements I expect we will agree on the fundamentals". Having ramped up tensions in the lead-up by banging on about how our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies aren't spending enough on their defense and suggesting his rendezvous with Vladimir Putin would be "easier" than meetings with friends, our president kicked things off Wednesday by dialing things down a bit.

"Merkel said they also 'briefly touched upon the upcoming trips of the president", which include a visit to the United Kingdom and a Monday summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During a bilateral breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Donald Trump blasted the alliance's other members over lagging contributions to NATO's joint defense spending. The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them.

Around eight members of the 29-country alliance are expected to reach the 2% target this year. Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said they had, but declined to elaborate.

Trump's moodiness, along with his unpredictability and often-treacherous behavior towards his allies, makes clear that he views military security as a commodity that can be sold.

Trump asked. "When we stand together, also in dealing with Russian Federation, we are stronger", Stoltenberg replied. Trump told reporters at the meeting that they were have a "great" exchange.

But Trump hit back: "But Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russian Federation because it's getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

"I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia", Trump said.

"Take a look at the chart", Trump instructed the reporter, explaining the U.S.is owed a mass of money for decades of delinquent allied payments. "And it can't be explained, and you know that". Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung headlined its story: "It is not only bad, it is catastrophic".

In March, Germany agreed to allow Russia's energy-exporting monopoly Gazprom to build a pipeline through its waters.

As the European Commission announced a settlement with Gazprom on Monday (13 March), officials told EURACTIV.com it was "highly likely" that the executive will approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Trump's laser-focus on Germany has unsettled Berlin, which had grown accustomed to a strong relationship with President Barack Obama.

Ryan said he shared Trump's concerns over a Russian natural gas pipeline and Germany's spending on defense.

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