Donald Trump says Germany is 'totally controlled by Russia' at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Donald Trump says Germany is 'totally controlled by Russia' at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

"You can try to be a bean-counter and look at exactly how much of this, and how much that, but the fundamental question is: is what you are doing actually making a difference?"

"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation". "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".

The comments come amid wide expectations of a turbulent summit-Trump has long criticized the 29-member alliance, calling it "obsolete", and is extremely critical of countries that are failing to meet the target of 2% of their GDP as defense spending.

The meeting also saw Mr Trump single out Germany for criticism over its defence spending.

The 29 allies are due to restate a commitment to try to spend two percent of GDP on defense by 2024, according to excerpts of their final summit declaration seen by AFP.

The United States does pay for approximately 22 percent of a small, commonly-funded budget that concerns civilian and some military expenses, Daalder noted.

President Business Deals is over in Europe for a trip that, under most presidents, would probably float by on the river of news without much of a splash. So far I've avoided conspiracy theories and still believe the president is brainwashing himself with a mindset that prefers dictators to democrats and views alliances as burdens. "Nor is the US spending more because allies are spending less. our defense spending is a national decision and is determined by our national security and defense needs".

Still, it's significantly more than the next closest country.

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Dr. Claudia Major, a researcher at the German Institute for International Security affairs, said that Germany, in particular, does more for the alliance than spend on its own defense, including deploying troops to Afghanistan, "and eventually, two percent is an arbitrary measurement that does not say much about efficiency and output".

TRUMP: "You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France". In April, Trump said on Twitter that the USA relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War after Russian officials blocked a resolution at the U.N. Security Council to condemn chemical weapons attacks in Syria. "This has been brought up by other presidents. On top of that, Germany is just paying a little bit over 1 percent [on defense]... and I think that is inappropriate also", Trump said.

Oh, and of course there's a deranged non-fact involved: Trump said Germany gets "from 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russian Federation", the basis for his claim that the EU's biggest economy is totally beholden to a geopolitical adversary. American officials say the U.S.is itself short of that mark, spending 3.3 percent of its GDP on defense.

"How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the country you want protection against?"

"I welcome President Trump's forthcoming meeting with President Putin: open channels of communication between the United States and Russian Federation are key to managing the risks of confrontation", she planned to say, according to the spokesman.

But Stoltenberg pushed back, stressing that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have been able to work together despite their differences.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying "I don't agree with that".

After Trump ranted that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Chancellor Angela Merkel fired back by reminding him that she grew up while the Soviet Union occupied East Germany, so she has a pretty good idea of what it really means to be under Russia's thumb. The pipeline is opposed by the USA and some EU members, including European Council President Donald Tusk.

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