Trump claims Germany ’totally controlled’ by Russian Federation at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation breakfast

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

While the United States and Europe have historically been close military and economic allies, President Donald Trump has upended that order by repeatedly taking Europe to task over defense spending and trade while pursuing a closer U.S. relationship with adversary Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the breakfast meeting, President Donald Trump could be seen berating NATO General Secretary Stoltenberg in atonishing footage in which he claimed Germany was controlled by Russian Federation. I've been complaining about this from the time I got here.

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. "All #NATO allies have committed to extending this success through increased defense spending, deterrence and defense, and fighting terrorism".

President Donald Trump branded Germany a "captive of Russia" for its support of a Baltic Sea gas pipeline deal this morning (July 11).

Germany indeed devotes only about 1.25 percent of its GDP to defense. "So we're going to have a meeting on that", Trump said, describing the situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States". Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it a tiny bit by 2030. "Well, they could increase it immediately - tomorrow - and have no problem", he said of Germany.

While Democratic congressional leaders condemned Trump's attacks on Germany as "brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies", Republicans took a more benign view, and some backed him outright.

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In a bid to avoid a row, Stoltenberg replied: "Nato is an alliance of 29 nations and there are sometimes differences..."

"If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russian Federation, because they supply ― they got rid of their coal plants, got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of the oil and gas from Russian Federation", he added. What do we get?

Video from the breakfast shows Kelly and other senior officials appearing to react to the comment.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also responded Wednesday to Trump's remarks, offering Trump something of a history lesson.

"President Obama raised the issue in a constructive and collegial way that succeeded in securing a pledge from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to increase their defense spending, without undermining the cohesion of the alliance in the process", said Kerry who served as the top diplomat during the Obama administration.

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