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Trump's body language speaks to frosty relations at NATO summit

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Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 04:22

The Trump administration is now trying to derail a German-Russian project to double the capacity of the underwater Nord Stream gas pipeline.

By evening, arriving at a dinner hosted by the Belgian government at the Art and History Museum at the Cinquantenaire, Trump appeared to be in a more social mood.

"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!", he tweeted last month before tearing into the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its former director James Comey.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has 16,000 military personnel helping train troops in Afghanistan, and British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United Kingdom will provide an additional 440 people.

"President Trump has a very direct language and message on defence spending, but fundamentally we all agree that we need fair burden sharing", Stoltenberg said on his arrival at the summit.

Of course, it's impossible to say exactly what was going through the minds of Trump's aides.

During moments that were visible to the press, Trump often separated himself from most of his counterparts, particularly those with whom he has had public disagreements, such as British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Justin Trudeau.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".

"We're paying for anywhere from 70 to 90 percent to protect Europe, and that's fine."

"Instead, President Trump just insults friends who have sacrificed to hold that pressure together".

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Trump is due to meet Putin on Monday in Helsinki.

TRUMP: "Frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

Trump also misrepresented Germany's energy picture, asserting coal and nuclear power are gone from the mix. "So I think that's inappropriate also".

Trump rejected Stoltenberg's argument, saying Germany is "making Russian Federation richer" and again repeating his claim that Germany "is captive to Russian Federation", before White House officials intervened to usher reporters out of the room.

"He suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 per cent of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4 per cent", Sarah Sanders told reporters.

"If you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russian Federation".

"The problem is there is so little confidence in what the president is going to do that any suggestion of a deal by him is automatically suspect", said Eugene Rumer, a former US national intelligence officer for Russian Federation now at Washington's Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank.

A U.S. Navy petty officer stands watch ahead of a ceremony inaugurating the U.S. anti-missile station, Aegis Ashore Romania, at Deveselu, Romania, in 2016.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying "I don't agree with that". US Turkish relations have recently been strained because of issues ranging from Syria to Iran, but some diplomats say the two leaders - both criticised for their polarising politics - have established a bond.