Trump to face Merkel one-on-one in private meeting after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation tirade

Trump Presses NATO on Defense Spending Ahead of Summit

The Prime Minister's Office said that, at the moment, no face-to-face meeting has been planned between Trudeau and Trump. Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro went as far as telling a US talk show that there was "a special place in hell" for Trudeau - a remark he later walked back.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced hours after the exchange over Germany that Trump would meet later Wednesday with Merkel, as well as with French President Emmanuel Macron.

European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the U.S. leader on Tuesday.

Given the ongoing federal investigation into Russian election interference, Trump's relative ease at meeting with the Russian leader-and his reluctance to acknowledge that Putin is an American adversary-is pretty foolish.

Mr Trump immediately targeted Germany as he spoke in Brussels - citing an "inappropriate" gas deal with Russian Federation that he claimed has left Berlin "totally controlled" by Moscow.

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The meeting is also be taking place amid heightened tensions over U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminum imports and Trump's withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran that many European countries are eager to save.

Trump then heads to Helsinki to meet Putin.

Trump said Tuesday he "can't say right now" if Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a "competitor".

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America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners will expand military outlays by a combined 3.82 percent in 2018, bringing the cumulative rise since the start of 2015 to more than $87 billion, according to the alliance, which Trump is due to visit for a two-day summit starting Wednesday. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

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

In a startling public outburst against the NATO heavweight, Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany was wrong to support a new US$11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for contributing to NATO defence spending that was meant to protect Europe from Russia.

This year, the United States will spend about $36 billion directly on defending Europe, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.

Under a 2014 agreement, each member state is required to boost military spending to 2 percent of its gross domestic product by 2024. "But NATO has, of course, addressed energy security because we understand that there is a relationship between energy and security matters".

"I look forward to having words with President Trump".

The meeting of 29 Western leaders has the potential to turn into another public bust-up following a divisive and bad-tempered summit of G7 nations in Canada last month.

Some NATO members point out that only 15% of America's defence spending goes on defending Europe, and that the emphasis should be on adapting NATO for new threats, not simply spending more money on defence.

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