Moreover, Stoltenberg argued Wednesday that the US military presence in Europe, through the 29-country alliance, gives it an advantage in dealing with Russian Federation and projecting power in the Middle East and Africa.
"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor". The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade. The Frenchman is one of Trump's closest friends on the world stage despite their many areas of disagreement, including Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Paris climate accord, and to impose tariffs on France and other European countries.
"President Trump does not appear to understand that the 2% of GDP spending by the allies is a guideline, not a mandate", James Stavridis, a retired U.S. Navy admiral who commanded North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, told Time Magazine. As the pair met alongside the main summit, Trump confirmed he had brought up the issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russian Federation and Germany. "We're protecting everybody. this has been going on for decades", Trump said.
Nato's secretary-general said the primary focus should be on all members reaching the current target of 2%.
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However, his comment that "Germany is totally controlled by Russia because they are getting 60 to 70 percent of their energy from Russia and a new pipeline" appeared to misstate German energy use - about 20 percent of which is accounted for by oil and gas imports from Russia. Which is amusing because Merkel's name would not top many people's list of Which NATO Member Do You Think Is a Captive of Russian Federation?
She recalled her own youth in Soviet-dominated East Germany and said she was "very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany".
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Trump had said, "Frankly, Putin may be easiest of them all - who would think?"
The U.S. president has lambasted U.S. allies for routinely failing to meet a 2 percent goal, a much lower standard that their nations agreed upon before he took office.
Yet Mr. Trump's warnings about the pipeline's strategic dimension would be more persuasive if he weren't also as busy as Mr. Schröder playing down the strategic threat posed by Mr. Putin. His comment that Germany was controlled by Russian Federation earned a rebuke from Berlin. In 2017, the U.S.is estimated to have spent more than 69% of the cumulative total.
Berlin has given political support to the building of a new, $11-billion pipeline to bring Russian gas across the Baltic Sea called Nord Stream 2, despite qualms among other European Union states.
He's talking about increasing defense spending because he sees that is something that really plays to the idea that he's keeping a campaign promise. Trump plans to meet one-on-one with Merkel, when he will reiterate the same tough message to her face, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Trump and Merkel met later Wednesday on the sidelines of the summit and kept their remarks polite during a photo opportunity with the press. American officials say the U.S.is itself short of that mark, spending 3.3 percent of its GDP on defense.
Of Nato's 29 members, just five meet that target this year: the US, Greece, Estonia, the United Kingdom and Latvia.