Diplomats were already anxious about the summit ahead of time, not least because of an abrasive G7 meeting last month, when Mr Trump renounced a summit communique that had previously been jointly agreed.
"How can you make that point with the little evidence that you have and the fact that there is no alternative planning on the table?" she said.
Based on the think-tank's own assessment, Canada ranks fourth overall in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in terms of total commitment when you include troop levels on deployments to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation missions, aid to support security operations overseas and the willingness of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to accept refugees from conflict zones, among other benchmarks.
Stoltenberg estimated European allies and Canada will add $266 billion to their military spending by 2024 and said "this is really adding some extra momentum", apparently meaning Trump's pressure.
A US official said Trump would be ready to talk about New Start if Putin raised it, but it was not a big USA priority. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the project is merely commercial, but the US and other European Union members believe the pipeline could be a geopolitical incursion by Russian Federation. "I just don't want us to be too friendly with them like he was with Kim Jong Un, although I supported that summit", Richardson said.
Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, later shot back, "I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union".
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When Stoltenberg mentioned Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump tore into Stoltenberg.
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.
In a stunning back and forth at Wednesday morning's bilateral breakfast at the ambassador's residence in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg defended NATO's alliance as Trump continued to lob attacks on Germany. "To me, this is nearly like propaganda, it really tells you how far out we're getting here and what sort of an influence that Trump is able to exert".
"I think we meet with our adversaries". "I think they're very important to have those exchanges together".
Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and USA allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties. Smith listed several ways that Germany has demonstrated friendship to the USA, including treating wounded American soldiers amid conflicts with terrorist groups. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the USA president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.
"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France". Though she said that Germany did have "a lot of issues with Russian Federation", she noted that it was important to "keep the communication line between countries or alliances and opponents" open.