Trump Rhetoric On NATO Meets Resistance From Congress

President Trump and Jens Stoltenberg left at a bilateral breakfast meeting in Brussels this morning

President Donald Trump took his war of words with America's allies to a new level Wednesday, telling NATO's top official Germany is "captive" to Russian Federation due to a recent energy deal.

Baltic leaders fearful of any repeat of Russia's annexation of Crimea called for unity as they arrived at the summit, while Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska said his country was "one of the good guys" because he was increasing defense spending.

"We're discussing military expenditure. talking about trade", Trump told reporters who were allowed in to the meeting room. The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade.

Mr Trump's main objection is that all but a handful of member states have still not increased their defence budgets to meet a goal of spending at least 2% of their annual economic output on defence by 2024.

Asked about Mr Trump's suggestion, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he would focus on what has been agreed to.

"It's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", he said.

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

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

Still, Trump is using the 4-percent-argument to ram home his message that the US gets a bad deal from allies.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned on Wednesday that President Donald Trump should not meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin one-on-one.

His comments were linked to the president's push for other European countries to pay more for its defence needs, in particular Germany. Rather, they have committed to raise their own defense budgets to 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024. "Germany should be committing 2 percent to defense like they agreed to at the Wales conference".

She recalled her own youth in Soviet-dominated East Germany and said she was "very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany". But at the bilateral meeting he exulted: "We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor". He's also badgering allies to meet a 2 percent target that only five of the 29 members now meet.

With Trump's much-anticipated summit with Putin just five days away, Stoltenberg appeared to get in a shot of his own, telling Trump other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders are "looking forward to your thoughts about the meeting with President Putin later on".

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