Merkel fires back at Trump, says Germany is ‘independent’

Merkel fires back at Trump, says Germany is ‘independent’

"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France", Trump said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also responded Wednesday to Trump's remarks, offering Trump something of a history lesson.

Alluding to Trump's comments about Germany, Kerry also said that "European energy security is an important topic for allies to discuss, even when they disagree". The project is opposed by the US and some European Union members.

"I think we meet with our adversaries".

Democratic leaders attacked President Donald Trump as signifying he is "more loyal" to Russian President Vladimir Putin than he is to the United States' NATO allies after Trump launched his latest attacks on US partners. But European states do not pay the United States for their defense, as Mr. Trump seems to imagine.

"They will spend more", he later predicted. "Given those facts, I confidently join this summit".

And with that, he went on to push allies at the summit to double their commitment on defence spending.

Trump has called on allied countries to meet or exceed the 2014 Wales summit goal of spending 2 percent GDP on defense spending. I think that is very inappropriate.

Trump has repeatedly mischaracterized the spending target, wrongly describing it as a fee that countries pay to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or the USA rather than their own military.

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Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, also criticized Trump's rhetoric.

Stoltenberg, who is a former Norwegian prime minister and not German, told Trump that allies traded with Russian Federation even during the Cold War, the Post reported. "I think these countries have to step it up, not over a 10-year period, but immediately". Germans wouldn't agree with that. Washington spent 3.6 per cent a year ago. They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation. Trump tweeted after his meeting with Merkel.

Currently, NATO members are encouraged to put a target of 2% of their economic output to the Organization's budget, but the 2% figure is only a guideline.

That brings us to Trump's tweet, so all in all, it looks like we're right back where we started when the day began.

"It is good that we are independent". Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said they had, but declined to elaborate.

"We are partners, we are good partners, and we will continue to cooperate in the future", she said.

Trump's laser-focus on Germany has unsettled Berlin, which had grown accustomed to a strong relationship with President Barack Obama.

Environmental-conscious Germany is trying to reduce its reliance on coal and is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, so it hopes to use natural gas to partially fill the gap until the country's electricity grid can cope with fluctuating levels provided by renewable energy. "Why are there only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment?"

The president wanted to know why the USA was continuing to pay money to the group when some countries in the alliance are buying energy from Moscow.

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