Canada, U.S. express concern at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Russian pipeline into Germany

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TRUMP: "Why was that a year ago?" "Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations", Sarah Sanders told reporters A source close to French President Emmanuel Macron also played down Trump's words as rhetoric, saying "it is not a new demand".

He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?" Trudeau, however, was quite clear with the CBC, that Canada isn't buying into the necessity of meeting a two percent spending target.

"No one owes us any money", Daalder said. "We put the largest part of our military capabilities at the service of Nato.We are defending the interests of the USA".

"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".

Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin early next week in Helsinki.

"NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is sidestepping questions about whether President Donald Trump has asked his allies to double their defence spending ambitions".

The U.S. president has been the source of concern for many European allies, in and out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, with European Council President Donald Tusk warning Trump Tuesday to "appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", and reminding that "America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe".

The increased spending predates Trump.

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11). Germany's leadership has said the pipeline is a private business decision and they have been reluctant to interfere. "If we look at the gas pipeline, Germany is an independent country". "We decide our own policies and make our own decisions".

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Trump's moodiness, along with his unpredictability and often-treacherous behavior towards his allies, makes clear that he views military security as a commodity that can be sold.

STOLTENBERG: "It's also because of your leadership, because of your carried message".

The meeting brought together Mr Trump and Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau, who irritated the United States president at the G7 by declaring that his country would not be pushed around.

The US president said Berlin was a "captive to Russia" as a result of the Nord Stream II gas pipeline being constructed between Germany and Russian Federation. Chief of Staff John Kelly jerked his head away as US Ambassador to Nato Kay Bailey Hutchison looked up at the ceiling.

"Many countries are not paying what they should", Trump said. "And it can't be explained, and you know that".

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix. Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung headlined its story: "It is not only bad, it is catastrophic".

Donald Trump hit a big nerve with his attack on the Russian gas pipeline that bypasses Poland and other east European countries to supply Germany directly.

Berlin has given political support to the building of a new, $11-billion pipeline to bring Russian gas across the Baltic Sea called Nord Stream 2, despite qualms among other European Union states. "Nor is the USA spending more because allies are spending less. our defense spending is a national decision and is determined by our national security and defense needs".

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