Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump claims Germany 'controlled' by Russian Federation

As US President Donald Trump uses his time in Brussels to lambast European leaders for their various failings, as he sees them, a photograph now making the rounds on Twitter has captured the mood perfectly.

Her endorsement of the Trump-Putin meeting attempts to cut off awkward questions about Trump's commitment to Nato, an organisation he has openly and repeatedly criticised, which has dogged the ongoing Nato summit and threatened to undermine Trump's visit to London later this week.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump said he would fight "for a level playing field for our farmers, and will win", even though the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit is devoted to defense spending.

Trump has also complained about Germany's oil and gas deal with Russian Federation.

United States officials have said Washington is planning a strategic review, a year after Mr Trump agreed to remain involved in the 17-year-long conflict.

A joint summit declaration issued Wednesday underlined NATO's support for Ukraine and its aspirations for membership of the alliance, pending domestic reforms.

With tensions in the Western alliance running high over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on USA taxpayers, the latest remarks fuelled concerns among allies over the US role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War II.

Trump's comments were "ill-informed", said Sen.

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He also said that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next week would be the "easiest" of the meetings he'll have while he's overseas. "And I think that leaders are also looking forward to your thoughts about the meeting with President Putin later on".

"[Russia is] trying to sneak offshore, go through the Baltic Sea, come on shore in Germany, not get caught bribing governments or the European Union to get the pipeline over land", he said.

Mr Trump earlier claimed that Germany was "captive to Russia". Trump said he had a "very, very good relationship" with Merkel, who described the two as "good partners".

The defense minister agreed with Trump about defense spending.

The U.S. does not even spend 4 percent of GDP on defense.

"Based on our agreed approach of doing nothing on Ukraine without Ukraine, I wish Mr Trump well in his efforts to bring Mr Putin back into line". 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 U.S. president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

Trump heads to Britain on Thursday, where the government is in crisis over Brexit and where tensions with Russian Federation have spiked after London blamed Moscow for the death this month of a British woman from contact with the Novichok nerve agent. "On that point the American friends have a point", von der Leyen said.

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