North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump says Germany is 'captive' to Russian Federation

11 July, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Wade Massey
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump says Germany is 'captive' to Russian Federation

"It's very unfair to our taxpayers". The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the US and some other European Union members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe.

Trump is reportedly considering imposing sanctions on the five European countries involved in the pipeline project. As for Britain being in turmoil, "The prime minister is looking forward to showing the president the United Kingdom, and is confident he'll leave with a very positive impression", Slack told reporters in London.

Both countries will be well-served in the meantime by the British parliament's recent decision to ratify the deal, known as CETA, said Joseph Pickerill, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

Speaking to a cheering crowd at a rally this week, Trump told them that the United States would no longer be "the schmucks paying for the whole thing". "We have highlighted the importance of this diversification of supplies to make sure that our energy systems are resilient". "After all, you don't have that many".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS. "But ultimately the more important metrics are always. countries stepping up consistently with capacities that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation needs".

"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", she said of her youth in Communist East Germany. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

Though the European allies expressed dissatisfaction with the uncertainty that Trump's approach has brought them, they appear to be reluctantly getting onboard. "We are being taken advantage of by the EU".

"The US is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".

"I would like to address President Trump.who for a long time now has been criticizing Europe nearly daily for in his view insufficient contributions to the common defense capabilities and for living off the U.S.", Tusk told a news conference.

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Crucially, they do not include Germany, Europe's biggest economy and prime target for Trump's invective, which is on course to spend just 1.24 percent of GDP on defence in 2018.

Mr Tusk also made the point that the U.S. did not and would not have a better ally than the EU, reminding the president that it was European troops who had fought and died in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

After the two-day summit in Brussels, Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Germany's defence minister Ursula von der Leyen denied it was a prisoner of Russian policy, and defended keeping a communication line with Russia. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me", he said. "Who would think", the president said. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all". "Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem", Trump said. And a year ago, during his first visit to its Belgium headquarters, Trump initially declined to explicitly support the organization's defense agreement.

It was an unusual criticism coming from Trump, who has appeared eager to cozy up to Putin and who has dismissed the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to help Trump win.

May's spokesman, James Slack, said he had taken the comment about Putin as Trump "being humorous". Not fair to the USA taxpayer.

Trump, interjecting, asked why that was - and Stoltenberg responded it was "because of your leadership and your message".

Mrs May said: "Nato is as vital today as it ever has been and our commitment to it remains steadfast. But despite those disagreements I expect we will agree on the fundamentals".

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