Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

"What good is NATO?" Trump criticizes Germany and other allies at summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also responded Wednesday to Trump's remarks, offering Trump something of a history lesson. "It's very unfair to our taxpayer". "This is serious. My task is to try to minimise the negative impact on NATO", Stoltenberg told a forum in the margins of the summit. An investigation into Russia's meddling and its links to the Trump campaign is ongoing.

Nord Stream 2 is a proposed gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany.

Freeland says she has discussed the issue with Ukraine, which opposes the pipeline because of the leverage it would give Russian Federation over European countries.

Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context. "Germany should be committing two percent to defense like they agreed to", Ryan told reporters. He recently suggested that his relationship with Putin is "easier" than his relationships with United States allies in Britain and Europe.

This time, allies could breathe a sigh of relief as Trump signed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit's Brussels Declaration on Transatlantic Security and Solidarity, reaffirming the shared goals of the organization Trump once called "obsolete". Germany spends 1.24 percent of GDP on defense.

Mr Trump has been pressing member countries to spend more on defence, accusing them of passing the burden on to the US. "And frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, and they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

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"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year from Russia", Trump said at the time.

"That's exactly why all allies agree that those who are spending less than 2% have to spend more and that's exactly what we have started to do".

NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg later told reporters that Trump had used "very direct language" but that all NATO allies were agreed that the cost of defence spending must be spread around and that previous year had seen the biggest increase in a generation.

But the USA president did not stop his criticism of Germany there.

The U.S. president has lambasted U.S. allies for routinely failing to meet a 2 percent goal, a much lower standard that their nations agreed upon before he took office. Corker's foreign relations committee also voted for a pro-NATO measure on Wednesday. "And I am very happy that today we are united in freedom", Merkel said. "But let me say a couple of things". It is as important today as it ever has been.

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