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Trump blasts Germany at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over gas pipeline deal with Russian Federation

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg speaking to journalists after his meeting with president Trump More Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg speaking to journalists after his meeting with president Trump More
Kenny Thornton | 12 July, 2018, 10:47

Arriving at Nato, Ms Merkel sought to put her countries ties to the western alliance in historical context.

At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the U.S. on trade and needed to immediately boost spending.

Michael McFaul, the former US ambassador to Russian Federation, on Wednesday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-FBI lawyer won't attend interview with House lawmakers: attorney Trump officials to release migrants with ankle monitors North Korea state media release photos of Kim at potato farm after Pompeo visit MORE for his comments hammering NATO allies and their contributions at the group's annual summit. The US has been lobbying EU countries to reject the pipeline for years, arguing that it is a threat to the European Union's energy security.

Video of Wednesday's meeting, obtained by ABC News, showed Kelly appearing visibly uncomfortable as Trump ranted to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about a gas pipeline deal between Germany and Russian Federation.

At the summit's opening, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against what he characterized as a "massive gas deal" between Germany and Russian Federation, calling it inappropriate. "We have a tremendous relationship with Germany", Mr Trump said. "President Trump makes public adversaries out of our friends, and turns our adversary, who has been attacking America's democracy, into his fawned-over ally", Kerry said.

Trump began his first and only full day in Belgium at a breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Trump does not acknowledge that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners are expected to defend the US if threatened.

Despite the friendly rhetoric, U.S. -Russia relations have soured since Trump's presidency.

Trump's biggest target for criticism, Germany, predicts that it will be spending 1.5 per cent of GDP on its military budget by 2024. "And I am very happy that today we are united in freedom", Merkel said.

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.

The 29 allies are due to restate a commitment to try to spend two percent of GDP on defense by 2024, according to excerpts of their final summit declaration seen by AFP. What she did say was, it's important for us to have exchanges like this because we are partners; we are good partners, and we wish to continue to cooperate in the future. Ahead of his trip to Europe, where he will attend NATO's annual summit before heading to the United Kingdom and then flying to Helsinki for a sit-down with Putin, Trump said the meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" on his trip.

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