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President Trump gets ready for a potentially rocky the NATO summit
To spend Problem, the inequality in the defence; Kevin cork reports from Brussels, Belgium.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday had an irritated exchange with the head of NATO, when he asked, energy agreements between Russia and several European countries.
Trump repeatedly pressed, Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, why the United States continue to pay money to the military Alliance, while the country continues to be the purchase of energy from Moscow.
Bilateral Breakfast with NATO Secretary General in Brussels, Belgium… pic.twitter.com/l0EP3lzhCM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 11. July 2018
“We are stronger together,” Stoltenberg stock, but recognized that there are differences between the allies.
Still, Trump remained.
“But how can you be together, if you get energy from the group that you want to protect?” on the question of the President.
Many countries are in NATO, what is expected of us to defend, not only their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but also criminal, were not due and payable made since many years in the payments. You the United States report to?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
Trump used, for example, in Germany. He asked Stoltenberg to explain why Berlin was always the power of Moscow, and claimed that Germany was in control of “Total” and “trapped in Russia” on a pipeline project.
The President seemed to be on the Nord Stream-2 pipeline would double the amount of gas can make Russia directly to Germany, base, transit countries such as Ukraine. The project is opposed by the United States and some members of the European Union.
Trump said in Germany: “We will protect you against Russia, yet you make this deal with Russia.”
“Explain that,” Trump said. “It can’t be explained.”
The U.S. role in NATO has been a focal point for Trump since before he was elected President. He tweeted on Monday that the situation was “not fair, not acceptable.” He said that NATO benefits from Europe “is far more than the United States”
Trump has demanded to spend the NATO Alliance partner commitments 2 percent of their GDP for defense.
He tweeted the stretch of Washington that European countries “want us to like your defence by NATO, and pay well. Simply doesn’t work!”
Brussels is the first stop of the trump card of the week-long Europe tour, a visit to England and a meeting in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Fox News’ Kristin brown and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.