Trump falsely claims credit on NATO spending

Trump rails against Germany, demands allies double NATO spending

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value and assailing Germany

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"The people voted to break it up (Britain's ties with the EU)", Trump told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday.

"Putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor".

"There will be a joint press conference of the two presidents", Dmitry Peskov told reporters, referring to Monday's meeting, the first summit between Putin and Trump.

Breaking from a carefully scripted session that was to focus on Ukraine and Georgia, one source said Trump "forcibly restated his position on wanting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to reach 2 percent spending target to a short a deadline".

The U.S. share of that is capped at 22 per cent.

Congress has taken a hard anti-Russia stance, almost unanimously approving a year ago a tough sanctions law targeting Moscow.

The summit's dramatic, chaotic conclusion - complete with the USA president suddenly making demands following a formal communique - bore a striking similarity to Trump's departure from last month's G7 meetings in Quebec.

But since coming to power previous year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.

The US president said he would be discussing Syria, the Middle East, Ukraine and nuclear proliferation.

Trump has taken an aggressive tone during the summit, questioning the value of a military alliance that has defined decades of American foreign policy, torching an ally and proposing a massive increase in European defence spending.

Trump added: "It's also a very expensive thing but that's the least important".

He was referencing the USA television show that aired from 1957-1966 about a criminal defense attorney named Perry Mason who would often prove his clients' innocence by implicating another person. He particularly railed against Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He added the US criticism of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline was rooted in Washington's desire to encourage European Union nations to buy more expensive liquefied gas from the U.S.

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican, criticized Trump for saying that. He jails and murders his opponents, presides over a mafia state and he is an enemy of democracy. "Why would a meeting with Putin be easier than a meeting with the allies that we rely on most to be a bulwark against him?" Flake asked in a Senate speech. "I'm pretty sure that Germany will, to some degree, try to diversify its sources of supply so that Russian gas will not account for more than 40% or so of its imports", Kokin said.

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.

He said the Kremlin viewed the US's objections to the new pipeline project were part of its strategy to force Europe to buy costlier liquefied natural gas from its own shores, the report added.

In the wake of Trump's statement, Nord Stream-2's European Union representative, Sebastian Sass, told New Europe on July 11, "The implementation of this project is not subject to a political sentiment, but a comprehensive framework of permitting procedures following clearly defined legal requirements that are based on European Union and national legislation, as well as worldwide conventions".

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