How much do we really spend?

How much do we really spend?

"But what is important here is that we start a discussion", said Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

"For the President to say the European Union was "set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank, ' or that 'NATO is as bad as NAFTA" is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it's time to go", Melville said in response to comments made by Trump according to a report by Foreign Policy. Such considerations, he outlined on Twitter.

The President, while on his way to Belgium for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, tweeted, "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (the USA has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and nicely pay for it".

Trump said on Tuesday just before boarding the presidential aircraft Air Force One for his flight to Brussels, Efe news reported.

Brussels and ebroidery harshly criticized the trade war of the U.S. against other countries, and on June 22 entered into force on penalty duties on European Union goods, a number of United States in the amount of €2.8 billion per year.

Germany's energy relationship with Russian Federation has long frustrated Washington and Eastern Europe, who fear that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will bypass the Baltic nations and Poland, could be used to cut them off from crucial energy supplies.

The step would fracture the notion of collective defence that is central to NATO's identity and, Europeans worry, delight Moscow ahead of Donald Trump's meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in the Western Isles and emigrated to the United States when she was 18.

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia", Trump said at a breakfast with Stoltenberg. The president singled out Germany's energy deal with Russian Federation.

In response to Trump's comments, Germany's defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said that her country can "cope with" the criticism.

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The NATO and Helsinki meetings have stoked fears that Trump would damage USA ties with its European partners while taking a conciliatory stance with Moscow. "The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough".

Trump alarmed allies during a visit to Brussels past year when he did not specifically mention USA backing for Article 5, but aides said later that US support was assumed and did not have to be mentioned.

One of the European Union's foremost leaders has condemned US president Donald Trump, s for his constant criticism, of European allies. "Who would think? Who would think?" the president said outside the White House before his departure.

"Disparaging long-standing allies at the same time as talking up the country that has wantonly seized territory and redrawn Europe's borders by military force for the first time since World War Two is disconcerting to say the least", said Boudreau. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", Trump added.

Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an global summit in Canada.

The sheer size of Germany's economy - total GDP in 2017 was around $4 trillion, compared with just $250 billion for Greece - makes it hard for Chancellor Angela Merkel to quickly boost the percentage of GDP spent on defence. On Tuesday, European Council President Donald Tusk delivered a stern warning to the USA president: "Dear America, appreciate your allies".

While Trump was still berating allies, Republicans in Washington were joining Democrats to push back.

THE FACTS: There's no question US military spending constitutes well over a majority of the alliance's overall spending on defense. Then he singled out one: "they must do much more".

Trump had spent his time in Brussels berating members of the military alliance for failing to spend enough of their money on defense, accusing Europe of freeloading off the USA and raising doubts about whether he would come to members' defense if they were attacked.