Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Donald Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation, airs list of grievances

Donald Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russian Federation, airs list of grievances

Donald Trump unleashed his fury on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday for defending Germany's energy partnership with Russian Federation and threatened Berlin with US action over the deal that he said is wholly inappropriate. "They will be getting between 60 and 70 percent of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not". "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China is a good thing, getting along with others is a good thing".

Speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving on the week-long trip, Trump repeated his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on their defense and pointed to the political tensions in Britain over the government's Brexit plans.

He was jetting off to Europe for the NATO Summit in Brussels, a stop-over in the United Kingdom, and then off to Finland for a face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prior to boarding Air Force One for Europe, Trump already took jabs at European allies by other tweets, including "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

Merkel said it was very important to have such exchanges like the meeting she and Trump were having because "after all, we are partners".

The US president has been openly critical of many of NATO's practices, often railing against Washington spending more money on defence than other member states. And that's fine. Of course, they kill us on trade.

Tusk dispelled Trump's statement about the USA alone protecting Europe against enemies.

Merkel denied Trump's allegations and said Berlin made its own decisions and policies.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

"People like to say, 'Oh, Crimea, ' but the fact is they built bridges to Crimea, they just opened a big bridge that was started years ago".

The EU president then directly addressed Trump, "who for a long time now has been criticizing Europe nearly daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defense capabilities, and for living off the U.S.". "We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".

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