Trump is poisoning NATO. Why?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg left next to President Donald Trump in Brussels

Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Belgium Tuesday for the summit, ahead of meetings later this week with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Britain and Vladimir Putin in Finland.

The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would double the amount of gas Russian Federation can send directly to Germany, skirting transit countries such as Ukraine.

Merkel, speaking through an interpreter, said the meeting was an "opportunity to have an exchange about economic developments. and also the future of our trade relations".

President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have met after the US leader publicly lambasted the longtime ally over its spending on national defense and a Russian oil pipeline.

During a heated breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg Wednesday, Trump said Germany pays billions of dollars to Russian Federation and "we have to defend them against Russian Federation".

Mary Civiello, an executive communications coach and expert on body language, told The Washington Post that Kelly's expression during Trump's comments seemed to suggest "he wants to be anywhere but where he is".

Former secretary of state John Kerry blasted President Trump's criticism of Germany in a lengthy statement on Wednesday morning as "strange", "counterproductive", and "disgraceful". "I think that's very inappropriate". "Germany should be committing two percent to defense like they agreed to", Ryan told reporters.

"Last year was the biggest increase in defense spending across Europe and Canada in that generation", he added. Germany now spends about 1.2 percent, while the US spends about 3.6 percent.

They account for a major portion of the USA agricultural exports to China.

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Not all are on track to meet the 2 percent pledge, and Germany is particularly remiss, though it has beefed up spending by billions of dollars.

"President Trump should not meet with President Putin alone", Schumer ominously tweeted.

While U.S. defense spending makes up 70 percent of combined allied governments' military budgets, just 15 percent of U.S. expenditure is spent in Europe on NATO-related defense.

Many are using some of those funds for missions in Iraq and Afghanistan that are of critical import to the United States.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill that "NATO is indispensable".

"We are stronger together", Stoltenberg insisted, but acknowledged that there can be differences among allies.

"This isn't good for the United States and there are people across the aisle - and the Senate vote yesterday clearly showed - who know it and need to say it", he said.

To underscore support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the Senate and House both voted for resolutions supporting the alliance on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I think we can cope with it", von der Leyen said.

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