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"The President needs to remember that, as Commander-in-Chief, his duty is to protect the American people from foreign threats, not to sell out our democracy to Putin", they concluded. "But other presidents never did anything about it because I don't think they'd up it or wanted to get involved", Trump said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg acknowledges the disagreement over funding between the U.S. and other countries but is staying out the spat.

"President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment".

That doesn't mean there haven't been ups and downs over the decades - seen dramatically after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the USA when more than 200,000 Germans took to the streets of Berlin to show their solidarity with the US, only to give way a year later to massive demonstrations against the American march toward the invasion of Iraq. Therefore, no delinquency or question of reimbursement.

Still, it's significantly more than the next closest country. Not fair to the US taxpayer. But there are no IOUs to collect from past years.

"We have agreed that we're committed to the pledge increasing defense spending to 2%".

Trump and Putin last met at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November, although their previous sit-down talks were at the G20 in Hamburg last July.

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By the end of the day in Brussels when Merkel and Trump sat down together, neither seemed interested in continuing the spat - at least not in their public statements in front of the cameras.

"NATO is an an alliance of 29 nations and sometimes there are differences and different views and also some disagreements, and the gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany is one issue where allies disagree", said Stoltenberg.

Striking a strident tone at the summit, Trump's aspirational target of 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) was above the United States own spending on defense.

In a bid to avoid a row, Stoltenberg replied: "Nato is an alliance of 29 nations and there are sometimes differences..."

Trump also is expected to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Trump, who has long criticised Berlin for not spending enough on NATO's mutual defence and for alleged unfair trade practices noted Germany's "tremendous success". He has repeatedly claimed that because of his pressure "billions and billions of dollars are pouring in", which is not true, because there is no such fund for money to pour into.

Aboard Air Force One: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of defaulting on their defense spending commitments and indicated they should "reimburse" the United States. Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said they had, but declined to elaborate. They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of their nuclear, they're getting so much of their oil and gas from Russian Federation. They got rid of their nuclear. The gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany is one issue where allies disagree. One-third came from renewable energy.


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