Trump lashes Germany over Russian Federation deal

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

Democratic leaders attacked President Donald Trump as signifying he is "more loyal" to Russian President Vladimir Putin than he is to the United States' NATO allies after Trump launched his latest attacks on US partners.

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. "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.

Germany is not a captive of anyone, neither Russian Federation nor the US, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in response to US President Donald Trump's description of his country as a "captive" of Russian Federation.

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the main focus should be on all members reaching the current target of 2 percent of GDP.

"Germany is captive of Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defence, singling out Germany for particular criticism.

Mr Trump made more conciliatory remarks on Wednesday after he and Mrs Merkel met on the sidelines of the Brussels summit, saying defence spending and trade had been discussed. He told fellow leaders he would prefer a 4 percent target, closer to the 3.6 percent of GDP the United States spends on defense.

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Mr Trump dominated the day and is set to stay in the spotlight as he visits the United Kingdom and prepares for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

TRUMP: We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor.

Meanwhile, Trump urged European nations to double their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending, saying the allies were not contributing enough to the security partnership, Reuters reports.

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix. "There is no break-up between United States and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks.

Throughout the day, leaders were peppered with questions about Trump's behavior and whether or not they agreed with his position on Germany.

"The alliance is very important and I think there's ways of communicating our displeasure with things without trying to insult and break the alliance apart", said Corker.

Kerry, who served as the Secretary of State from 2013-17, said Trump makes public adversaries out of its friends, and turns USA adversary, who has been attacking America's democracy, into his fawned-over ally. "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. And Stoltenberg, the secretary-general, sort of pushed back against this argument, that this is all a dead-weight loss for American taxpayers.

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