The barbed exchanges set the stage for another potentially stormy global summit after last month's G7 meeting in Quebec ended in angry recriminations, leading some to question United States support for the postwar worldwide order. "And, dear Europe, spend more on your defense, because everyone respects an ally that is well prepared and equipped".
"He suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 percent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to 4 percent", Sarah Sanders told reporters.
In 2014, before Trump was president, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members agreed to stop cutting their military budgets and set a goal of moving "toward" spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on their own defense - by 2024.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Stoltenberg thanked Trump for his leadership in pushing member states toward the goal of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense, while the USA spends closer to 3.5 percent. Stoltenberg stressed that progress has been made and pledged further progress in the near future. "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting everybody and yet we're paying a lot of money to protect", he said. Germany is a rich country, they talk about increasing it a tiny bit by 2030. 'And the former chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that's supplying the gas'. He asked Stoltenberg to explain why Berlin was getting energy from Moscow, and asserted that Germany was "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" over a pipeline project. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they'd up it or wanted to get involved", Trump said. I am very happy that today we are United into the independent Federal Republic of Germany. "They have to step it up immediately", Trump said. "Germany is a captive to Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".
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In the photo were: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May. The verbal attack comes just days before he meets Russian president Vladimir Putin.