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Donald Trump 'threatens to pull USA out of NATO'

13 July 2018

"It's been wonderful to see the level of spirit in that room".

May said the most important thing was that Trump would be going into the meeting with Putin with the 29-strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance united behind him.

The Kremlin yesterday (12 July) rejected US President Donald Trump's description of Germany as a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, saying his statement was part of a US campaign to bully Europe into buying American energy supplies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Trump's statement marked an escalation of a USA campaign to talk down Russian gas supplies to Europe in an attempt to push the U.S. energy sector instead.

In reply to the question about what he hopes to accomplish in Monday's meeting with Putin, Trump said the two would be talking about Ukraine, Syria, other parts of the Middle East, nuclear proliferation. Trump then went on to say that Washington was "extremely tough on Russia" under his rule.

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Trump also slammed the Nord Stream II pipeline that is set to bring gas from Russian Federation to Germany, calling it a "horrible mistake" that would give Moscow power over Berlin.

In a taut exchange with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, Trump said Nord Stream 2 - an offshore pipeline that would deliver gas to Germany directly from Russian Federation via the Baltic Sea - leaves the Western military alliance's largest and wealthiest European member "totally controlled" by and "captive to" Russian Federation.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries". Trump tweeted an hour before the second day of the summit got under way. Not acceptable! All NATO Nations must meet their 2% commitment, and that must ultimately go to 4%!

Trump said he wanted "peace all over the world, that's my goal", and he wanted to achieve this by building up the military, with his dream to have the best military equipment in the world and never have to use it.

Trump leaves Brussels on Thursday for some extra time with one key member of the alliance: British Prime Minister Theresa May. And we stressed our well-known concerns about Nord Stream 2, Sefcovic said at a press conference on Thursday after the EU-U.S. Energy Council held in Brussels.

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"So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route. I just don't know". "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation, because they will be getting from 60 to 70% of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline", Trump quipped.

At the end of the first day, Trump unsettled allies even more by questioning the value of the military alliance, which was formed to counter Soviet aggression during the Cold War.

Including that commitment, however, Canada's current defence spending plans are only expected to bring it to 1.4 per cent of GDP by 2024 - well short of the Wales target. As to whether he could unilaterally pull the US out of the alliance without congressional approval, Trump said, "I think I probably can, but that's not necessary". "That turning point has always been initiated".

Trump heads next to the United Kingdom. And one of the freedoms we have is freedom of speech and the freedom to express your views.

"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.

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Donald Trump 'threatens to pull USA out of NATO'