Trump rattles North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, knocking its value and assailing Germany

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

President Donald Trump has used NATO's 2 percent target for members' defense spending to argue that the USA gets a bad deal from allies.

They will hold talks on closer relations with former Soviet states despite Russia's menace, on North Korea, and, no doubt, try to make sense of Trump's Nato and Russian Federation policy.

US President Donald Trump caused confusion by once again demanding more spending from his allies.

Mr Trump said it's stronger than it was two days ago.

"I am very happy that today we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany", she said. "It's been incredible to see the level of spirit in that room".

In addition, Wallace said he will ask the Russian president about the summit with Trump and where the two sides stand on contentious issues like NATO, Syria and Ukraine.

Going into the week he was pressuring them to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a figure that was established in 2002 and reaffirmed in 2014 when the allies not meeting the target pledged to reach it within a decade.

"Someone said, 'Is he an enemy?' No, he is not my enemy".

The US president is due to meet Putin in Helsinki for talks in which he hopes to establish a good personal relationship with his Russian counterpart. Trump then went on to say that Washington was "extremely tough on Russia" under his rule.

But since coming to power past year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.

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"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!" Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got under way. On Thursday, Trump said he wasn't troubled by the planned protests.

The British government is also gripped by a crisis over Brexit and tension with Russian Federation after the United Kingdom blamed Moscow for this month's death of a woman from a Novichok nerve agent.

European Union affairs ministers will round off the week with a debate on Britain's Brexit position paper on Thursday and Friday after British prime minister Theresa May eventually published it.

"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

Merkel's predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, a longtime friend of Putin, has championed the Nord Stream enterprise since just before being voted out of office in 2005.

In responding to Trump's Wednesday tirade against Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she knew all too well from her childhood in the East what it is like to live under Soviet control.

Invited leaders from non-NATO countries Afghanistan and Georgia were asked to leave along with most North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders' retinues of officials, as the heads of state and government of the Western alliance sought to deal with the man whose nation commands much of the budget and forces for Europe's defence.

"President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (12 July) he was able to squeeze an additional $33 to 40 billion for defence from his allies.

He claimed afterwards that there had been "tremendous progress" and that other members had agreed to increase their military spending after his "firm" warnings.

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