Donald Trump claims Germany 'totally controlled' by Russia, Angela Merkel strikes back

13 July, 2018, 07:48 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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With a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on 11-12 July and a tête-à-tête with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, this week will give Donald Trump a chance to elaborate on that surprising diplomatic doctrine, but only at the risk of further fueling tensions with the country's already deeply unsettled allies.

Nikonov said Trump was now strong enough to pursue his own agenda.

"I don't remember any pro-Russian (U.S.) presidents, but I want to remind you that he (Trump) is one of the most pro-Russian politicians at the moment in the United States".

Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin.

Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an global summit in Canada.

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Carefully-choreographed sessions and the leaders' dinner in a Brussels museum on Wednesday night are unlikely to mollify Trump, NATO diplomats say, as they found out to their dismay in May past year at a special dinner to welcome the president.

The dramatic exchange set the tone for what was already expected to be a tense day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance.

That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, and it was not clear what allies would spend the money on.

With allies fearing he could strike some sort of deal with Nato´s key adversary, Trump said that he saw Putin as a "competitor" but not an "enemy". "Will they reimburse the US?"

In contrast, the USA spends 3.5% of GDP on its military. But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election. The United States, which spent $685.9 billion on defense in 2017, now makes up 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP.

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The NATO summit is likely to be dominated by Trump's insistence that member nations step up and pay more for their joint defence. This disdain for USA allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems.

"I'm going to tell NATO, 'You got to start paying your bills, '" Trump said at a rally last week in Montana.

Trump tweeted, referring to the USA trade deficit with the European Union, although both the bloc and U.S. government say the figure is lower when including services such as finance, where the United States has a surplus. But Trump also lambasted Germany's support for a pipeline that would bring Russian natural gas through the Baltic Sea to central Europe.

Hours after the breakfast, Merkel and Trump appeared to play nice as they met along the summit's sidelines.

With tensions in the Western alliance running high over Trump's trade tariffs on European steel and his demands for more contributions to ease the burden on USA taxpayers, the latest remarks fueled concerns among allies over the US role in keeping the peace that has reigned since World War Two.

But Trump is known for his spontaneous and sometimes erratic style of doing diplomacy, and Kiev fears that behind closed doors he may prove susceptible to Putin's efforts to win USA acceptance of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

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Trump also offered kind words for Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary who is a frontman for Britain's campaign to leave the European Union and one of the recent departures from May's government. Because after all, if we're going to talk about a country being controlled by Russian Federation, we can't ignore the fact that every single intelligence agency in the United States has admitted that Russian Federation tried to interfere with our 2016 Presidential elections and that they're gearing up to do it again in the 2018 mid-terms. US officials said the two sides this time would be discussing Russian election meddling, Russia's incursions in the Ukraine and involvement in Syria.

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