Trump slams 'captive' Germany at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg speaking to journalists after his meeting with president Trump More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, to attend the NATO Summit.

The NATO alliance consists of 29 countries from North America and Europe, including the USA and Germany, which was originally set up in 1949 to thwart Soviet aggression in Western Europe.

But Trump appeared earlier to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply Berlin was funding a pipeline that Chancellor Angela Merkel says is a commercial venture. "So we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries and then numerous of these countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia", Trump said. "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". Currently, the U.S. spends 3.6% of GDP on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and is one of only five nations that reach the 2% guideline. President Trump didn't even finish his breakfast with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg this morning before he started laying into NATO partners.

The unnamed White House aides reportedly attempted to stop President Trump from congratulating Putin on his election victory.

By slapping higher tariffs on European Union metals experts and threatening more on cars, Trump has shown his anger at the US trade deficit with the European Union.

"I grew up in the part of Germany that was not free, the German Democratic Republic".

She added that as a person born in East Germany, which was subordinate to Moscow in major decisions, the current situation is much better.

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Police have now confirmed that a woman suspected of having taken part in the vandalism has now been identified. I think we can do that successfully", Southgate state. "We've had the chance to make a difference.

While Germany's spending is increasing, it will not reach the target by 2024, instead expecting to boost spending to 1.5 percent by 2025.

Mr Trump is the 12th sitting U.S. president to make such a trip, and will spend time with the Queen and prime minister before flying to Scotland to spend the weekend at his golf resort.

But back in Washington, Trump's handling of the US' NATO allies was not going down well.

Trump - whose presidential campaign in under investigation for possible collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election - is set to meet with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Trump on Wednesday turned a harsh spotlight on Germany's own ties to Russian Federation, declaring that a natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel's government "totally controlled" and "captive" to Russian Federation.

"We call upon [North Korea] to fully implement its global obligations; to eliminate its nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare capabilities and ballistic missiles, and abandon all related programmes", the statement said.

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