4% of GDP: Trump pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double military spending

4% of GDP: Trump pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double military spending

4% of GDP: Trump pushes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to double military spending

Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context.

Trump said of Germany: "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and yet you make this deal with Russian Federation".

Numerous issues are not new; former President Barack Obama, who enjoyed a close relationship with Merkel, was critical of the German export surplus, its defense spending and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russian Federation.

Asked about Trump's suggestion, Stoltenberg said he'll focus on what's been agreed to. But Trump's demands threaten that outcome. Finally, President Trump will have his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted Wednesday that member countries have already been increasing their defense spending.

Not even the U.S. - which spends more money on defence than any other nation in the world - meets Trump's new goal of annual spending of 4 per cent of nations' gross domestic product.

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia", Trump said at a breakfast with Stoltenberg.

President Business Deals is over in Europe for a trip that, under most presidents, would probably float by on the river of news without much of a splash.

"The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some".

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

Sanders claimed in a statement to press that Trump made the very same ask at convening of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders previous year. In 2017, Germany got more than one-third of its energy for electricity from coal and almost 12 percent from nuclear plants.

"We're protecting Germany. We're protecting France".

"Many countries are not paying what they should", Trump said.

"Instead of worrying what other countries are spending on their militaries, the president should worry about the ways his own military wastes funds that could be used to solve problems at home". Trump ignored his national security advisers and a briefing in which they left the instruction "DO NOT CONGRATULATE". "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", Trump said Tuesday before departing for Brussels.

Trump's remarks on Germany and Russian Federation generated a sharply worded response from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the country you want protection against?"

"Yes, I think Trump has a point in that defence expenditure is a burden predominately carried by the U.S. The U.S. carries the load", Colin Robertson, a former top diplomat and the vice-president of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, said in an interview with CBC News.

Trump's aides seated around the table, including chief of staff John Kelly and the US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, looked visibly uncomfortable at points.

"Canadian prime ministers have always been careful to keep a distance from their American counterparts. but the bottom line is you do have to look at dollars because dollars do talk".

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