EU President to Trump: 'Appreciate Your Allies' as 'You Don't Have Many'

Donald Trump berated other Nato leaders on Twitter
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"And then numerous of the counties go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

US President Donald Trump (C) is welcomed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) as he arrives to attend the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018.

Before an evening program, Trump met with Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at President Donald Trump after he accused Germany of being "totally controlled by Russia"' and urged allies to look into the issue during a rant at the outset of this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

"NATO benefits Europe far more than it does the US", Trump wrote.

The two leaders had a one-on-one meeting later on Wednesday, after which Trump claimed: "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany".

While NATO members increased overall defense spending in 2017, for a second consecutive year, the United States was still largely outspending all other members.

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"But Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Trump said about the Nord Stream 2 project. "For decades it's not been fair to the taxpayers of the United States and we're going to make it fair". NATO & US troops in Europe serve our national interests. The President raised this same issue when he was at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a year ago, ' the Trump spokeswoman said.

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

Trump had begun the day by attacking Merkel's government, accusing Germany of becoming "captive" to Russian interests through over-reliance on its gas exports. -NATO meeting ahead of the summit, according to Reuters.

US President Donald Trump launched a stinging attack on Germany at the start of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Wednesday, saying an "inappropriate" gas deal with Moscow made it a "captive" of Russian Federation.

Tensions were high going into this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium, with European leaders fearful that American President Donald Trump will make good on his threat to withdraw USA military protection for allies. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they understood it or they just didn't want to get involved".

A White House spokeswoman said his remarks came as he was urging leaders to increase their outlays on defense and were not a formal proposal.

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