"It's about $2.8 billion and the US pays 22 percent of that, not 90 percent".
"If the President leaves the meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure-it will be a grave step backward for the future of the worldwide order and global security", Schumer and Pelosi said.
Germany has been a frequent target for Trump, who accuses the EU's largest economy of not spending enough on defence and freeloading on the back of the United States.
"This has gone on for many presidents". But European states do not pay the United States for their defense, as Mr. Trump seems to imagine.
Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.
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But Trump's increasingly vitriolic tone on those issues, plus his criticism of Merkel's migration policies and his decisions to pull out of agreements dear to Germany like the deal meant to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and the Paris climate accord, have many questioning what comes next. It will spend 3.5 percent of GDP in 2018. We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting everybody and yet we're paying a lot of money to protect. "We're protecting everybody. this has been going on for decades", Trump said.
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. "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". "And the former Chancellor of Germany is the head of the pipeline company that is supplying the gas". Though she said that Germany did have "a lot of issues with Russian Federation", she noted that it was important to "keep the communication line between countries or alliances and opponents" open.
"How can you be together when a country is getting its energy from the country you want protection against?"
"I've never seen a President say anything as unusual or counterproductive as President Trump's harangue against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Germany", Kerry said in a statement distributed over Twitter.
At the same time, despite his criticism of the pipeline and its links to Russia, Trump has been noncommittal in recent comments about whether he might lift US sanctions on Russia, and told reporters he'd "have to see" whether the USA might recognize Crimea to be part of Russia.
Since the start of his campaign for president more than three years ago, Trump has been accused by critics of taking a more favorable stance toward Russian Federation, a traditional rival to USA power, than the United States' allies. "If we look at the gas pipeline, Germany is an independent country".