Trump pushes allies for immediate military spending increase

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Yet this anti-Nord Stream effort faces an uphill fight in Brussels, and Mr. Trump's lobbying carries less weight than it would if Europeans weren't now predisposed to distrust him on his overall commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and trade. Is Trump nickel-and-diming our allies because, in his view, the U.S.is getting ripped off? People say that President Trump is influenced by Russian Federation.

While NATO members increased overall defense spending in 2017, for a second consecutive year, the United States was still largely outspending all other members. Stoltenberg stressed that progress has been made and pledged further progress in the near future.

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix.

As the first day of the summit came to a close, US President Donald Trump's comments dominated headlines in familiar fashion.

"We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine."
"So we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries and then numerous of these countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia", Trump said.

"I think we meet with our adversaries". "If we look at the gas pipeline, Germany is an independent country".

Mr Trump earlier claimed that Germany was "captive to Russia". "You tell me if that's appropriate".

"It should have never been allowed to have happened".

Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defence, singling out Germany for particular criticism.


"There is no break-up between America and Europe", the source said after Macron and Trump held "friendly" talks.

"They have to step it up immediately".

Even Stoltenberg - a mild-mannered former Norwegian Prime Minister who has cultivated a positive relationship with Trump - appeared reduced to spluttering as Trump cut him off after he started to explain that allies traded with Russian Federation even during the Cold War. Trump wants Europeans to pay up more for their own defence instead of making deals with Moscow.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has significant concerns over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russian Federation to the Baltic coast of Germany.

The US president was similarly effusive when he met German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Baltic leaders fearful of any repeat of Russia's annexation of Crimea called for unity as they arrived at the summit, while Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska said his country was "one of the good guys" because he was increasing defense spending.

Kremlin critics at home and overseas see Trump's decision to grant Putin a summit against that backdrop as conferring global legitimacy and status on Putin, something they say he doesn't deserve given the lack of meaningful change in Russia's policies internationally.

Trump has not responded to Kerry.

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