North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump urges members urged to double defence spending
12 Июля 2018, 01:39 | Devin Moran
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg left next to President Donald Trump in Brussels
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.
German Prime Minister Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the USA gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.
Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary-general, pictured here among alliance leaders, struck a diplomatic note about Mr Trump's outspoken calls for other countries to live up to their goal of spending 2 per cent of their economic output on defence.
"Germany is paying just over 1% [of its GDP], whereas the United States, in actual numbers is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP", he said.
"Hopefully we can get it resolved because this has been going on for decades and it is inappropriate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".
Stoltenberg said he expected a "open and frank" debate about defence spending at the summit but tried to play down the differences opening up between allies. The US has been lobbying EU countries to reject the pipeline for years, arguing that it is a threat to the European Union's energy security.
Bob Menendez of New Jersey said Wednesday that he is "worried how the President will unfold" during the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
"President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone", Schumer ominously tweeted.
Schumer later tweeted that Trump's criticism of Germany before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit on Wednesday was an "embarrassment" and a signal that he is more loyal to Putin than our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Germans wouldn't agree with that.
But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered an explanation for Kelly's reaction to the Post.
"We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor", Trump said. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", Trump said Tuesday before departing for Brussels.
But Merkel nevertheless insisted Washington and Berlin remain allies, saying: "We are partners, we are good partners and wish to continue to cooperate in the future".
'President Trump, who spoke first, raised the issue not only to achieve 2 percent, today, but a new barrier - 4 percent, ' Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told reporters, according to the wire service Reuters.
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