Trump Slams Germany Over Dependence On Russia
US President Donald Trump has clashed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over Russian influence and defense spending, ahead of a Nato summit.
Trump stated: "What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are their only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.Germany"
Merkel hit back by insisting Germany was independent and defending its contribution to the alliance.
The last summit both leaders ended in acrimony in a row over trade.
They are due to meet again in Brussels on Wednesday.
"It certainly doesn't seem to make sense that they paid billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia, it's an unfair burden on the United States." Trump said, setting off an impromptu debate with Stoltenberg, who maintained that "despite these differences," NATO allies "have always been able to unite around our core task to protect and defend each other."
Trump rejected Stoltenberg's reasoning, arguing Germany is merely "making Russia richer."
"How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the person you want protection against or from the group that you want protection against?" Trump said.
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