Trump at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: 'Germany is a captive of Russia'

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President Trump took a confrontational stance with America's allies at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit Wednesday in Belgium, demanding allies double their upcoming commitment to defense spending and slamming Germany for getting gas from Russian Federation.

"I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good, " she said.

"President Trump has at times called the alliance 'obsolete.' Our allies are starting to wonder whether they can rely on the United States to come to their defense in a crisis", said Sen.

In 2018, the US defense budget is $706 billion.

Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to.

"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in the presence of reporters at a pre-summit meeting at the residence of the USA ambassador to Belgium.

According to a French official, Trump said it would be a good thing if everyone spent around 4 percent on defense, which was presumed to be a generous rounding up of the US budget of some 3.57 percent of GDP.

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President Donald Trump stands with world leaders at the family picture during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, May 25, 2017. Despite Merkel's tough talk over Russia's annexation of Crimea and sponsorship of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, she has defended the $11 billion pipeline deal to supply her country's energy shortfall.

Trump said it was "very inappropriate" that the United States is contributing to the defence of Europe when one of its richest countries is supporting a major energy project with Moscow.

Meanwhile, NATO members in Europe contributed a total of $249.7 billion to their defense budgets and spent an average of 1.46% of GDP.

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment", read a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "I just don't want us to be too friendly with them like he was with Kim Jong Un, although I supported that summit", Richardson said. Members have pledged to get to 2 percent, but most countries are well off the mark - something Trump campaigned to change.

"Germany is captive of Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

Trump's words about the upcoming Putin meeting contrasted sharply with the way in which he assailed Germany as he arrived in Brussels.

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