Trump changes tone in Merkel meeting after earlier slamming Germany


Trump changes tone in Merkel meeting after earlier slamming Germany

More recently, the European Union made a new deal with the same firm that will tighten Moscow's grip on Europe as its leading fuel supplier, which it has been for decades.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he and U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attend a bilateral breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018.

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium before meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday morning, Trump tore into German oil and gas deals with Russian Federation, accusing the country of being "controlled" by the Kremlin.

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

The president continues to turn decades of American diplomacy on its head, says former US ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday.

Trump's comments referred to Berlin's support for the construction of the $12 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring gas across the Baltic Sea into the European continent.

His comments appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply the German government was funding the pipeline, which is a commercial venture.

During the breakfast meeting, Trump targeted Germany with his continued complaint that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members do not spend enough on their own defense.

And he said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies - after all you don't have that many".

President Donald Trump took his war of words with America's allies to a new level Wednesday, telling NATO's top official Germany is "captive" to Russian Federation due to a recent energy deal. That is more than current US spending as a proportion of GDP - and Pentagon budgets maintain bases and deploy fleets around the world, something that shouldn't be expected from Estonia or Spain. And I don't think it should have happened and I think we have to talk to Germany about that.

"I'm very glad that today we are united in freedom. because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions". "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

While NATO members increased overall defense spending in 2017, for a second consecutive year, the United States was still largely outspending all other members.

"Many countries owe us", he argued.

She also defended Germany's contribution to an alliance which Trump says places too much burden on the United States taxpayer.

"I think that two world wars and the Cold War taught us that we are stronger together than apart", he told Mr. Trump.

"Germany is one of our closest allies", said Smith.

The size of a nation's particular GDP is irrelevant, she argued, and warned Europe that following the wasteful habits that Trump has embraced in the US could be a recipe for disaster. So I think the secretary-general likes Trump.

Later, Mr. Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged pleasantries for the cameras during a one-on-one meeting.



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