Trump used Germany as an example.
"The President needs to remember that, as Commander-in-Chief, his duty is to protect the American people from foreign threats, not to sell out our democracy to Putin", they concluded. So if you go back 10 or 20 years, you'll just add it all up.
A U.S. Navy petty officer stands watch ahead of a ceremony inaugurating the U.S. anti-missile station, Aegis Ashore Romania, at Deveselu, Romania, in 2016.
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Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.
TRUMP: "Why was that a year ago?"
STOLTENBERG: "It's also because of your leadership, because of your carried message".
"We are stronger together", Stoltenberg insisted, but acknowledged that there can be differences among allies.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond Donald Trump's demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions. Most NATO members are spending less than 2 percent, though more are moving in that direction.
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His demand that they raise their contributions to 4 percent came as a surprise during the first meeting of this week's Brussels summit. He has repeatedly claimed that because of his pressure "billions and billions of dollars are pouring in", which is not true, because there is no such fund for money to pour into.
Before the summit, European Union President Donald Tusk hit back at Trump for his "daily" criticisms of Europe, pointing out that the EU spends more on defense than Russian Federation and nearly as much as China, and telling him to "appreciate your allies". She said she and Obama discussed the topic. So I think the secretary-general likes Trump. The operator of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline construction hopes that the project will not be subject to political sentiment. It gets 70 percent of its energy from Russian Federation. But Germany has not "got rid" of either.
"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", he said.
However, May welcomed Trump's decision to meet the Russian president, suggesting that it had the potential to ease tensions with the west and reduce the risk of future confrontation.
But for Russian politicians who erupted in applause on learning that Trump won the USA election in hopes of rapprochement only to see ties worsen, Helsinki offers a precious opportunity for a possible thaw in relations.More news: US to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports