He also accused member states of failing to pay their fair share of defense spending and of being in debt to the U.S.
"Everybody's talking about it all over the world, they're saying we're paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation".
Merkel later responded to Trump's remarks, saying Germany, one of the biggest troop contributors to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation missions, was free of Russian control since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Guardian quotes her as saying, "I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union". Germany has been pursuing a pipeline for years that would carry Russian natural gas underneath the Baltic Sea to central Europe, despite criticism from the USA and other countries.
Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were ever attacked. "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending". In April, Trump said on Twitter that the US relationship with Russia is worse than the Cold War after Russian officials blocked a resolution at the U.N. Security Council to condemn chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
But European Council President Donald Tusk hit back with his own message on the social media site, insisting that the United States has no better ally than the EU.
Trump admitted that the issue came up during his meeting with Merkel. Germans wouldn't agree with that. They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation. The president is also not the first leader to point to the impact of Nord Stream 2 on Europe, echoing complaints from Eastern European allies who note it would cut out transit countries such as Poland and Ukraine.
"Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Trump said in a searing critique over breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Trump and Merkel later held businesslike talks on the sidelines of the summit. He said nations have been increasing their contribution each year, even as they have taken a hit to their own economies by putting in place tough sanctions against Russian Federation for its behaviour in Ukraine. But at the bilateral meeting he exulted: "We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions".
"They will spend more", he later predicted. Because of me, they've raised about $40bn over the past year.
In remarks later during the summit, however, President Trump increased pressure on allies over burden sharing, calling on allies to double defense spending targets to 4 percent, the White House confirmed.
He said: "Why are their (sic) only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"
That's not how the spending works. "Will they reimburse the USA?"
"It's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump said Tuesday morning as he headed to Brussels. He also called Brussels a "hell hole" and "a mess". Afterwards he will spend the weekend in Scotland at his gold club, Trump Turnberry, in Ayrshire.
Trump claims the United States is already spending the equivalent of four per cent of its GDP on defense, but experts say the actual figure is 3.57 per cent. 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. "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".
"If Russia's economy falters, Vladimir Putin is finished", Hannity said. Trump then heads to Helsinki to meet Putin.
Mr Trump dominated the day and is set to stay in the spotlight as he visits the United Kingdom and prepares for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
However, Brewer said she does not think McCain will make it back to the Senate in order to vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation. The Senator from Iowa chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he said will take a few days or weeks to review Kavanaugh.
Local governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said Tuesday's rescue operation began just after 10am local time and involves 19 divers. The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall , although two had suspected lung infections.
The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said. The Thai Navy Seals also released new video showing the three-day rescue operation that captivated the world.
He did not say if the coach , the only adult with the boys for nine days before they found, was able to dive and walk out unaided. Thai Navy SEALs also posted photos and a video of some of their operations in the cave on their Facebook page Wednesday.
Merkel, for her part, called the two nations "good partners" and said "we wish to continue to co-operate in the future". Trump's warnings about the pipeline's strategic dimension would be more persuasive if he weren't also as busy as Mr.
Drugs containing valsartan are used to treat patients with high blood pressure to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is a chemical substance classified as potentially carcinogenic.
They beat Germany 3-0 in the last eight but were then beaten by hosts and eventual winners France despite taking the lead. England don't have a Modric - few teams do - but they have to learn how to control games better against top-class teams.
At worldwide level, Sterling's qualities often seem to be appreciated more by the opposition than many of England's fans. Croatia , meanwhile, has played an extra game given the three 30-minute extra times they've participated in.
The only recognition of the cat from Targalski is when he moves the cat's tail away from his face twice during the interview . Amazingly, Targalski was unfazed by his cat, even moving Lisio's tail out of his way when it covered his eyes.
Brent oil gains $1 to claw back some losses
However, Iran exports might squeeze further if United States takes more aggressive stance on sanctions, they said . If Libyan production can get back to its high then this will take care of some of the spare capacity concerns.
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The law, The Community Defense Act, prohibits adult entertainment - defined as nude or topless dancing - between midnight and 6am. Calls to the Columbus Police Department's media information officers went to voicemail.
Overwatch League Heads to Disney, ABC, ESPN
Overwatch League will still be broadcast on Twitch, so don't freak out if that's where you love to watch. The championship will be broadcast from the Barclays Center in NY , where both days are sold out.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Changing Things Up
The triple rear camera is said to include a 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto and a 16MP fixed focus 120-degree super wide angle sensors. While the 3GB variant features 32GB of inbuilt storage space, the 4GB RAM variant of the device boasts 64GB of inbuilt storage .
Dead In Japan Rains, Dozens Still Missing
At the same time , it has been impossible to confirm the security and location of 78 others, " Suga told a news conference. Public broadcaster NHK TV showed overturned cars on roads covered with mud and buildings with water nearly up to rooftops.
Billy Knight was facing child sex abuse charges
According to reports, former Bruins Basketball player, Lorenzo Meta-Real was first to reveal the tragic news , via Twitter. Knight's death came just days after Tyler Honeycutt , 27, fatally shot himself during a standoff with police on Friday.