In a startling public outburst, Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that Germany was wrong to support a new 9.4 billion euro Baltic Sea pipeline to import Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for contributing to NATO defence spending that was meant to protect Europe from Russia. He asked Stoltenberg to explain why Berlin was getting energy from Moscow, and asserted that Germany was "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" over a pipeline project.
"I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk wrote.
Currently, Washington is responsible for some 70% of NATO's funding, while all members have agreed to raise defence spending to 2% of their GDP by 2024.
But Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, fired back: 'US doesn't and won't have a better ally than EU'.
Tusk told Trump early Tuesday morning that the U.S. "won't have a better ally" than the EU ahead of his European trip this week. "Today Europe spends on defense many times more than Russian Federation and as much as China".
But trump is asking why should the US pay five times more to defend Germany than Germany itself does?
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"Take a look at the chart", Trump instructed the reporter, explaining the U.S.is owed a mass of money for decades of delinquent allied payments.
Mr Trump went on to accuse Germany of only spending "a little bit over 1%" of its economic output on defence compared to the 4.2% spent by the USA "in actual numbers". "Germany is just paying just a little bit over 1% [of GDP on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence contributions] whereas the United States is paying 4.2% of a much larger GDP".
"NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS", Trump said in a tweet Tuesday.
"They pay billions of dollars to Russia and we have to defend them against Russia", Trump told Stoltenberg at a breakfast meeting.
Merkel said she raised issues of migration and economic development with Trump.
Ms. Merkel said they were discussing migration and trade. "We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor".