Thursday, 17 January, 2019

‘We’re not prisoners’: German FM berates Trump for ‘Russia captives’ remark

Trump Slams Germany as Being a 'Captive' to Russia Ahead of NATO Summit Trump Kicks Off NATO Summit With Breakfast Rant: 'Germany Is A Captive Of Russia'
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 01:01

Other presidents has raised European defence spending levels in the past but he is intent on dealing with it.

President Trump didn't let up Wednesday on his attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders for failing to cough up enough money for defense spending, lashing out on Twitter at allies about fulfilling their commitment between meetings and an official dinner.

The United States spends heavily to defend Germany from Russian Federation, he said, while Germany is paying "billions and billions of dollars a year to Russian Federation".

Bloomberg omitted the part where Radev said that Trump spoke first and added a claim from the Bulgarian leader that the US president left the meeting immediately after his own remarks.

"We're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said in the presence of reporters at a pre-summit meeting at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Belgium.

The president's tweet about Germany came after he had what he described as a "great meeting" with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Asked about Trump calling Germany Russia's "captive", Cornyn said: "I would not choose that word but I understand what he's getting at".

"I myself lived through a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union".

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"The former chancellor of Germany is head of the pipeline company that's supplying the gas", he said, referring to Gerhard Schröder. "We're not going to put up with it and it's inappropriate". "That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany".

"I think we can cope with it", von der Leyen said. "We're reflecting that in a resolution that we're bring to the floor today". "It was disgraceful, destructive, and flies in the face of the actual interests of the United States of America".

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood has more details.

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment", read a statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Trump said: "We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries". He also alluded to "other countries" with trade barriers against the his criticism.

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.

However, Berlin insists it is a privately-funded commercial project with no input of public money.

But Mr. Trump's reported demand that the allies commit to doubling their spending targets, to 4 percent of GDP, made little sense. "Well, they could increase it immediately - tomorrow - and have no problem", he said of Germany.