Trump changes tone in Merkel meeting after earlier slamming Germany

Trump changes tone in Merkel meeting after earlier slamming Germany

Trump changes tone in Merkel meeting after earlier slamming Germany

"I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump told Stoltenberg.

Trump appeared to catch North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg unawares as he abandoned the polite formality of a breakfast meeting and lashed out at Berlin and other allies for failing to pay their way.

Trump said it was "very inappropriate" that the United States is contributing to the defence of Europe when one of its richest countries is supporting a major energy project with Moscow.

"I think we can cope with it", von der Leyen said. Also present was France's President Emmanuel Macron, who tried this year to charm Mr Trump into more harmonious transatlantic relationship, only to see the United States president withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal and impose tariffs on European goods.

German Prime Minister Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump's contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the US gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.

Trump said Germany had shut down coal and nuclear power plants on environmental grounds, increasing dependence, like much of the rest of Europe, on Russian gas. But "despite differences", he said, alliance members agree "to protect and defend each other".

"What we have here is an alliance of necessity, not necessarily a love relationship", said Gienow-Hecht, whose university was established with American support in West Berlin during the Cold War. But Trump wasn't buying it. "We decide our own policies and make our own decisions".


"Explain that", Trump said.

Mrs Merkel offered a stern rebuke to the US President, harking back to her past after growing up in Soviet-controlled former religion of East Germany.

In an interview on "Wolf" with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Menendez, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brought up his concerns about the upcoming summit and how he views the President's attitude towards it.

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

The steady drum of anti-German rhetoric from the United States, one of the country's traditionally closest friends, has people wondering whether to get ready for a messy breakup.

Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to increase military spending, accusing Europe of freeloading off the US and even raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense as required if they were ever attacked.

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