Trump pushes allies for immediate military spending increase

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During a bilateral breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Donald Trump blasted the alliance's other members over lagging contributions to NATO's joint defense spending.

Trump's decision to meet Putin was widely regarded as a blow to the prime minister's attempts to isolate Russian Federation following the Salisbury attack in March, even though he had strongly condemned the Kremlin's actions at the time. "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".

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the US president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

Sources told the newspaper Kommersantthat the Kremlin has submitted a two-page document to the White House with a first draft of a potential statement Moscow hopes Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will make at the conclusion of their Helsinki summit next week.

Ms. Merkel has been considerably tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin than Mr. Trump has; unlike the US president, she has never suggested acceptance of Russia's forcible annexation of Crimea. That is more than current USA spending as a proportion of GDP - and Pentagon budgets maintain bases and deploy fleets around the world, something that shouldn't be expected from Estonia or Spain.

In the photo were: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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"Because of given circumstances, I want to point out one thing: I experienced Soviet occupation of one part of Germany myself. He diminishes alliances we built to safeguard an economic and strategic force that has allowed millions of people to live in freedom", Kerry continued. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. "We're protecting everybody. And yet we're paying a lot of money to protect".

While on his way to the summit, Trump fired off a series of confrontational tweets accusing his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of stiffing the USA by not paying their fair share to contribute to NATO's budget, and lamenting the trade imbalance between the U.S. and the European Union. But that wasn't all that Trump hit allies about.

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood has more details.

Trump said Germany's closure of coal and nuclear power plants on environmental grounds had increased its dependence, like much of the rest of Europe, on Russian gas.

Trump said: "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries". "It's about $2.8 billion and the USA pays 22 percent of that, not 90 percent". "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they'd up it or wanted to get involved", Trump said. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the project is a private commercial venture, not funded by German taxpayers, Reuters reported.

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