Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russia

Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump review French tanks during the Bastille Day military parade in Paris on July 14 2017 Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump review French tanks during the Bastille Day military parade in Paris on July 14 2017 Credit JOEL SAGET AFP
Ebony Burgess | 13 July, 2018, 07:47

At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the United States on trade and needed to immediately up spending.

Woody Johnson, Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the president is aware of the planned protests but insisted that Trump "appreciates free speech" in both countries.

Trump, who later arrived at NATO's new billion-dollar headquarters in his presidential limousine, appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply the German government was funding the pipeline, which Berlin says is a commercial venture.

"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in the presence of reporters at a pre-summit meeting at the residence of the USA ambassador to Belgium.

Brussels is the first leg of a weeklong European tour that will include stops in London and Scotland, as well as a highly anticipated meeting next week with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an worldwide summit in Canada.

A meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Johnson, who quit on Monday over Theresa May's Chequers Brexit deal, is likely to prove embarrassing for the Prime Minister as she attempts to assert control over the warring Conservative Party.

Citing U.S. officials, Reuters reported on July 10 that the U.S. administration is planning another major review of its strategy in Afghanistan "in the next few months".

"NATO really is making progress, and they are doing it really at President Trump's insistence", Hutchinson said on Fox News Sunday. "Those of the leaders that have negotiated with Putin or have experience with him are going to have a hard sell to make about why our defense spending commitments in Europe are important and why the United States should continue to have troops in Poland on a rotational basis, for example". His comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin. "In that we also defend the interests of the United States".

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"I'm going to tell NATO, 'You got to start paying your bills, '" Trump said at a rally last week in Montana.

Responding to criticism from Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, who complained that Trump is "criticizing Europe nearly daily", Trump says the United States is "being taken advantage of" by the European Union.

Obama, at a press conference in Brussels in March 2014 that took place less than one week after Russian Federation claimed ownership of Crimea, said that "If we've got collective defense, it means that everybody's got to chip in, and I have had some concerns about a diminished level of defense spending among some of our partners in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. And dear Europe, spend more on your defense because everybody expects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped".

"Just look at the chart", Trump said at the breakfast.

Macron added that the meeting had ended with a stronger alliance because of Trump's reaffirmation of his commitment to it.

Trump flew to Europe Tuesday for a week-long trip. If he wants to point fingers at anyone who's being controlled by Russian Federation, I suggest he goes and practices that in a mirror because that's about the only time that that statement is going to be true when it comes out of his mouth.

TRUMP: "We're protecting Germany".

According to trump, the foreign trade deficit is $151 billion.

The ties between the USA and many of its longest-standing allies have frayed since Trump took office and put his "America first" agenda into practice.

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