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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit

While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defense spending and trade while pursuing a closer USA relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The U.S. presence in Europe helps to protect Europe but it also helps the United States project power to the Middle East, to Africa". "Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025".

Mr Trump's main objection is that all but a handful of member states have still not increased their defence budgets to meet a goal of spending at least 2% of their annual economic output on defence by 2024.

In a startling public outburst, Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany was wrong to support a new $11-billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for contributing to NATO defence spending that was meant to protect Europe from Russia.

Still, Trump is using the 4-percent-argument to ram home his message that the USA gets a bad deal from allies.

Brussels is the first stop of Trump's week-long European tour that will include a visit to Britain and a meeting in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is indispensable, but Trump was right to point out that Germany and other allies must keep their commitment to increase spending on defense.

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Trump used Germany as an example.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a similarly dismissive response to Trump's statement, saying that her country "can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States own spending on defense.

Meanwhile, NATO members in Europe contributed a total of $249.7 billion to their defense budgets and spent an average of 1.46% of GDP. "I just don't want us to be too friendly with them like he was with Kim Jong Un, although I supported that summit", Richardson said.

Trump said: "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries". Members have pledged to get to 2 percent, but most countries are well off the mark - something Trump campaigned to change.

"The president is going to mention the fact that Europe is becoming more and more dependent on Russian Federation for their energy sources, specifically Germany with their invitation to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline", Barrasso told Fox News.

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