Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Ted Lieu Mocks Trump's NATO Attacks With Super Basic 'Reminder' Memo

Ted Lieu Mocks Trump's NATO Attacks With Super Basic 'Reminder' Memo

"They are getting so much of the oil and gas from Russia", Trump said.

"It certainly doesn't seem to make sense that they pay billions of dollars to Russia, and now we have to defend them against Russia", Trump said.

After a later bilateral meeting with Merkel, Trump said he brought up the nat gas pipeline, as well as military spending and trade, with the German leader.

Trump took issue with Nord Stream 2, a new $11-billion pipeline to bring Russian gas across the Baltic Sea that Berlin has supported despite qualms from other European Union states. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they understood it or they just didn't want to get involved".

While Democratic congressional leaders condemned Trump's attacks on Germany as "brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies", Republicans took a more benign view, and some backed him outright.

"Very bad thing for NATO", Mr. Trump said.

But European Council President Donald Tusk hit back with his own message on the social media site, insisting that the USA has no better ally than the EU. Germans wouldn't agree with that.

"I regret to say that Russian-American relations are not in the best shape", Putin told John Bolton, according to Russia's TASS news agency. "Germany is contributing troops as a lead nation in Lithuania and NATO's forward presence to the east", she said.


Trump, in a series of tweets from Brussels, said that, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".

He added that "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation". The president is also not the first leader to point to the impact of Nord Stream 2 on Europe, echoing complaints from Eastern European allies who note it would cut out transit countries such as Poland and Ukraine.

He added that Trump's tough talk in favor of hurting the Russian economy and strengthening North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by properly funding it should silence the president's critics who have repeatedly claimed he is in cahoots with the Kremlin. But at the bilateral meeting he exulted: "We have a very, very good relationship with the Chancellor".

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.

At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the U.S. on trade and needed to immediately boost spending.

This week's two-day summit, beginning on Wednesday at Nato's new headquarters in the Belgian capital, is expected to be dominated by U.S. demands for increased spending by other members of the 29-nation alliance.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose country also lags on the two percent pledge, said the focus should be on "outputs" rather than on how much is spent.

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