Donald Trump: NATO allies should double defence spend goal

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"Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

Trump singled out Germany on Wednesday when he accused them of being "totally" controlled by Russian Federation because Russia provides a large share of their oil and natural gas.

He continued the attack Thursday, complaining that, "Germany just started paying Russian Federation, the country they want protection from, Billions of Dollars for their Energy needs coming out of a new pipeline from Russian Federation".

Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, echoed Trump's rhetoric, telling Fox Business Network that "Germany is a tremendous problem, both for Europe itself, and for the United States in this sense".

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev disclosed that Trump had made the demand and asked what it meant for the future of the alliance that has been the bedrock of European security for 70 years. "It's really extraordinary that Donald Trump has to be the person to point out that the emperor in Europe has no clothes".

"I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions".

Despite the first day's haranguing of allies for failing to meet spending targets and accusing Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy, Trump was mild-mannered at a private dinner on Wednesday and avoided any outbursts that many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation diplomats had feared.

Mr Trump dominated the day and is set to stay in the spotlight as he visits the United Kingdom and prepares for a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

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"These two people are very different, very interestingly different". "There is no break-up between USA and Europe", the source said after Macron & Trump held "friendly" talks.

He described the current situation as "disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States".

But Trump has been more conciliatory behind the scenes, including at a leaders' dinner Wednesday.

"I have to tell you that the atmosphere last night at dinner was very open, was very constructive and it was very positive", Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the president of Croatia, told reporters.

There are flashpoints between the two leaders on a series of fronts - including Mr Trump's jibe that Britain is "in turmoil" and praise of Boris Johnson after his resignation over the PM's Brexit plans.

TWITTER DEMAND Leaders had gone into the second day, set to focus mainly on ending the long war in Afghanistan, with low expectations, showing the extent of European frustration with Trump's "America first" policies among the other 28 members of the alliance.

He also said meeting the queen would be an experience Trump "will really cherish".

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