Germany ‘totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

GETTYDonald Trump has accused some Nato countries of not spending their two per cent of GDP on defence

Trump is due to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday before flying to the United Kingdom for a multi-day visit, which is due to include meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth and two days at Trump's golf club in Scotland.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany against Trump's remarks Wednesday morning and will meet with Trump in the afternoon.

His comments about Germany and Russian Federation drew a tart riposte from German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrived later at the summit.

Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation because they will be getting 60 per cent to 70 per cent of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline.

Trump claims that other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have not been paying their fair share of the costs to support the alliance, which seeks to protect the U.S., Canada and European nations from attacks by hostile actors, such as Russian Federation.

By slapping higher tariffs on European Union metals experts and threatening more on cars, Trump has shown his anger at the US trade deficit with the European Union.

It was a bruising start to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that was meant to emphasize the strength and unity of the alliance.

Trump's tweet, which was the third one he directed against America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies on Tuesday alone, reveals a profound misunderstanding of how North Atlantic Treaty Organisation funding actually works.

Trump is reportedly considering imposing sanctions on the five European countries involved in the pipeline project. "You tell me, is that appropriate?"

"I want to say that I have experience of when a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", Merkel, who grew up in Soviet-controlled East Germany, said.

'During the President's remarks today at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2% of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4%. American officials say the U.S.is itself short of that mark, spending 3.3 percent of its GDP on defense. "Well, they could increase it immediately - tomorrow - and have no problem", he said of Germany.

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the United States to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US. "And, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us".

Seated alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, NATO Permanent Representative Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Chief of Staff John Kelly, who looked uncomfortable as his boss spoke, Trump lit into Germany over the 800-mile pipeline it hopes to construct beneath the Baltic Sea, called Nord Stream 2.

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

The EU president then directly addressed 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.".

President Trump is already making waves, just hours after arriving in Europe.

The cost-sharing issue tops Mr. Trump's agenda for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"A strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is good for Europe and it's also good for the United States", he told Trump.

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the USA president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

Troops from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have fought alongside the U.S.in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On the edge of his seat as Trump spoke, Stoltenberg interjected, stressing that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have always been able to work together. "Will they reimburse the USA?" The House is expected to cast a similar, non-binding vote on Wednesday.