Trump blasts Germany at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday

Arriving in Brussels, he said it was "totally inappropriate" that Germany was paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation for oil and gas while spending little over 1% of its GDP on defence.

"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. Several experts explained that the president was likely referring, albeit incorrectly, to the commitment to devote 2 percent of GDP to defense spending. So we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries and numerous countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions into the coughers of Russian Federation.

Sergei Mironov, a senior lawmaker from the pro-Kremlin Just Russia party, said in another political talk show that Putin would definitely have the upper hand in Helsinki.

Mr Trump has been pressing member countries to spend more on defence, accusing them of passing the burden on to the US.

The former senator from MA chided Trump over his performance at a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders a year ago and questioned why he would return.

Alluding to Trump's comments about Germany, Kerry also said that "European energy security is an important topic for allies to discuss, even when they disagree".

"NATO is the most successful alliance in history".

"Germany is the largest economy in the EU". German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the project is merely commercial, but the USA and other European Union members believe the pipeline could be a geopolitical incursion by Russian Federation.

The size of a nation's particular GDP is irrelevant, she argued, and warned Europe that following the wasteful habits that Trump has embraced in the USA could be a recipe for disaster. It's expected to be online at the end of 2019. "We're supposed to protect Germany but they're getting their energy from Russian Federation".

"We're having a great meeting".

Trump's words about the upcoming Putin meeting contrasted sharply with the way in which he assailed Germany as he arrived in Brussels. Not fair to the US taxpayer. Germany's leadership has said the pipeline is a private business decision and they have been reluctant to interfere.

He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

Trump's biggest target for criticism, Germany, predicts that it will be spending 1.5 per cent of GDP on its military budget by 2024.

Donald Tusk: "First of all, dear America, appreciate your allies".

Yet Mr. Trump's criticism, which he has been repeating on Twitter for days, is uniquely poisonous.

In response, Lindsay Koshgarian, program director for the National Priorities Project which tracks Pentagon spending and its social implications, said that European leaders-and the people they represent-should be very wary about Trump's demand to increase military expenditures.

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