Germany ‘totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

Donald Trump is ‘More Loyal to Putin Than to Our NATO Allies,' Democrat Leaders Say After Germany ‘Insults’

But with Trump speaking fondly of Russian leader Vladimir Putin prior to meeting him in Helsinki on Monday despite his NS2 comments, Stoltenberg indicated that other allies, as well as Germany, were increasingly confused by USA foreign policy. "They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not".

'You tell me if that's appropriate because I think it's not.

Trump said: "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".

"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", Merkel told reporters in reference to Trump's comments.

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia", Trump said at a breakfast with Stoltenberg. The questions is: "are we going to let these debates weaken our commitment?", she said. He recently suggested that his relationship with Putin is "easier" than his relationships with USA allies in Britain and Europe.

The president argues that United States taxpayers are carrying the "unfair" burden of the most military spending within the alliance. "It was disgraceful, destructive, and flies in the face of the actual interests of the United States of America".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have committed to spending 2 percent of their respective GDPs on defense by 2024.

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment", Schumer and Pelosi said in the statement. "After years of cutting defense budgets, they have started to add billions to their defense budgets".

He said last year's increases marked the largest in a generation.

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"President Trump has a very direct language and message on defence spending, but fundamentally we all agree that we need fair burden sharing", Stoltenberg said on his arrival at the summit.

In the US, reaction was mixed.

"Many countries are not paying what they should", Trump said.

Speaking ahead of a one-on-one meeting with Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back against Trump's characterization of Germany as subservient to Russian interests.

"Only the United States can guarantee the security of countries such as Poland, on the eastern flank", he said. Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it a tiny bit by 2030.

Trump also is expected to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"This has been brought up by other presidents".

"We are stronger together", Stoltenberg insisted, but acknowledged that there can be differences among allies. "Well, I think that even during the Cold War, NATO Allies were trading with Russian Federation", he said.

At the pre-summit breakfast meeting he launched straight back to his theme.

"President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone", Schumer ominously tweeted.

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