Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending

Then US president Barack Obama said at a press conference at the Wales summit the alliance would "reverse the decline of defence spending and rise to meet the challenges that we face in the 21st century".

Five Western firms have invested in Nord Stream 2 - Wintershall (BASFn.DE) and Uniper (UN01.DE) of Germany, Austria's OMV (OMVV.VI), Anglo-Dutch Shell (RDSa.L), and France's Engie (ENGIE.PA).

Mr. Trump has also been harshly critical of German Chanceller Angela Merkel, tweeting in June that "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

At the same time Washington wanted to put on paper its concerns over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 president election in the United States, the newspaper said, citing unnamed U.S. officials. "That is a guarantee of stability and future development".

At the same time, he insisted Vladimir Putin was a "competitor" rather than an "enemy", ahead of their meeting in Finland next week after his four-day trip to the UK.

Speaking in Brussels, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said he had not heard any of his European Union counterparts talk positively about Nord Stream 2 and said Washington didn't like it because it didn't promote diversity of supply. However, the United States is not one of them - its spending as a proportion of GDP may be the highest of all the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, but it has actually fallen from 3.56% in Obama's final year to an estimated 3.5% under Trump. About half of the gas is expected to be sold to European customers.

"We are being played for fools", he reportedly told leaders at a meeting meant to revolve around Georgia and Ukraine.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, US exports of LNG soared from 0.5 billion cubic feet per day in 2016 to 1.94 billion cubic feet per day past year.

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He also wrongly stated he had achieved an increase in defense spending by USA allies, when no such agreement was reached.

In the end, however, Mr. Trump agreed to NATO's 23-page declaration that said it would boost defense spending, and reconfirmed their outrage over Moscow's invasion of the Crimea, and maintaining sanctions on Russian Federation.

"What is important, is to control the borders and determine who comes into our border", she said.

Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed Mr Trump's demands for allies which were not hitting the 2pc target to do more.

Revealing how he had said sorry to Mrs May for the interview row, Mr Trump claimed the prime minister was "a total professional because when I saw her this morning I said "I want to apologise because I said such good things about you".

So far, five countries - the US, UK, Estonia, Greece and Latvia have reached the target.

That optimism was echoed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who noted that leaders had agreed to a range of initiatives that would make the alliance stronger and better able to quickly respond to new and existing threats such as Russian Federation and terrorism. However, he then suddenly changed his tone and said that "if we could develop a relationship, it would be good for Russian Federation and good for us, good for everybody".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters that Trump needs to get something more than, "I asked him, he said no and that was that", from Putin.

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