Donald Trump: NATO allies should double defence spend goal

Donald Trump speaks to Jens Stoltenberg during a tense breakfast meeting in Brussels More

Donald Trump speaks to Jens Stoltenberg during a tense breakfast meeting in Brussels More

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, to attend the NATO Summit.

"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.

The NATO alliance consists of 29 countries from North America and Europe, including the US and Germany, which was originally set up in 1949 to thwart Soviet aggression in Western Europe.

Trump, who allies hope will sign off on a summit deal to step up the West's deterrence of Russian Federation, will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later on Wednesday.

Germany, one of America's closest allies, is doubling its energy imports from Russia's Gazprom just as the US continues to spend billions of dollars to protect Germany and the rest of Europe from Russian Federation.

"Former Secretary of State John Kerry issued a scathing statement about what he called a "disgraceful", "disgusting" and downright "strange" appearance by President Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels".

"He suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2% of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to 4%", Sarah Sanders told reporters. The top US diplomat, who once served as a tank commander in Europe patrolling the Warsaw Pact frontier, sat stoically as Trump lectured NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg over breakfast.

"Based on our agreed approach of doing nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine, I wish Mr Trump well in his efforts to bring Mr Putin back into line".

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Despite the friendly rhetoric, U.S. -Russia relations have soured since Trump's presidency.

During a working breakfast that marked the start of the summit, Trump claimed Germany is "controlled" by Russian Federation due to an energy partnership between the two countries.

Trump, who has long criticised Berlin for not spending enough on NATO's mutual defence and for alleged unfair trade practices noted Germany's "tremendous success".

Trump's White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed the ask to reporters, claiming that it was not a new position for the USA president.

According to the declaration, all Allies have started to increase the amount they spend on defense in real terms and some two-thirds of Allies have national plans in place to spend 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense by 2024.

"I grew up in the part of Germany that was not free, the German Democratic Republic".

Kerry responded with a lengthy statement Wednesday, calling Trump's missives against United States allies "disgraceful" and "destructive".

Stoltenberg estimated European allies and Canada will add $266 billion to their military spending by 2024 and said, "this is really adding some extra momentum", apparently meaning Trump's pressure.

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