Germany ‘totally controlled by Russia,’ Trump tells North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief

Belgian soccer fans celebrate their team's World Cup victory against Japan in Jette a Brussels municipality on July 2

Brussels is the first stop of Trump's week-long European tour that will include a visit to Britain and a meeting in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Trump hit back: "But Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russian Federation because it's getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

Many members of Congress, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, have sought to reassure allies nervous about some of Trump's statements, that there is still strong support in Washington for traditional allies like the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

Trump took Twitter swipes at Canada following the G7 summit - mostly over Canadian dairy trade policy - but reserved his most persistent and personal attacks for Trudeau himself, calling him "dishonest" and "weak" for telling the closing G7 news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" on trade.

The 1.5 percent level forecast for NATO's European members in 2018 compares to 1.46 percent previous year, 1.44 percent in 2016 and 1.42 percent in 2015.

Despite that, USA officials told Reuters news agency the president was expected to reaffirm U.S. support for Article 5 of the Nato treaty, which states that an attack against one ally is considered an attack on all members.

-NATO meeting ahead of the summit, according to Reuters.

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"Our summit comes at a time when some are questioning the strength of the transatlantic bond and I would not be surprised if we have robust discussions at the summit, including on defense spending", Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday.

"We do have a lot of allies, but we can not be taken advantage of".

He also suggested he could find time to talk to his "friend" Boris Johnson, who has just rocked the Government with his bombshell resignation over Mrs May's Brexit plans, and that he would find it easier dealing with Mr Putin than America's European allies.

It was an unusual criticism coming from Trump, who has appeared eager to cozy up to Putin and who has dismissed the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to help Trump win.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had come to America's aid following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me", he said.

President Donald Trump addresses the audience during a rally at the Four Seasons Arena at Montana ExpoPark, July 5, 2018, in Great Falls, Mont., in support of Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., and GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. "Well they could increase it immediately, tomorrow, and have no problem", Trump said. "You tell me, is that appropriate?", he asked, while Stoltenberg listened. Following that, he will travel to England to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, spend the weekend at one of his private golf clubs in Scotland, then travel to Helsinki for a high-stakes meeting with Putin.

But instead of trying to engage with what Trump actually said during the Fox News interview, Gardner pretended Trump actually meant the opposite of what he said. On top of that Germany is just paying just a little bit over 1% whereas the United States is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP.

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