North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: Trump says Germany is 'captive' to Russian Federation

President Trump reportedly told Vladimir Putin to ignore his 'stupid' advisers who urged him not to congratulate

"Well, I have to say I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia when you're supposed to be guarding against Russia", Trump said, flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The Nord Stream 2 project-an $11 billion extension of the existing Nord Stream natural gas pipeline by the Kremlin-backed gas giant Gazprom and five European nations-will double Russia's gas export capability to Germany to nearly 250 billion square feet per year.

Trump then heads to Helsinki to meet Putin.

US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One as they arrive at Melsbroek Air Base in Haachtsesteenweg on July 10, 2018.

Labour MP Madeleine Moon, a champion of the anti-Brexit campaign group Best for Britain, said Mr Trump's comments were "a wake up call and a look into the future we face if Brexit goes ahead".

On top of that, President Trump is said to be reassessing the us military presence in Germany, where some 35,000 active duty soldiers are now stationed. As for Britain being in turmoil, "The prime minister is looking forward to showing the president the United Kingdom, and is confident he'll leave with a very positive impression", Slack told reporters in London.

European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the U.S. leader on Tuesday.

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Trump rejected Stoltenberg's reasoning, arguing Germany is merely "making Russian Federation richer".

"That's exactly why all allies agree that those who are spending less than 2% have to spend more and that's exactly what we have started to do".

He said: "Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive of Russian Federation because it is getting so much of its energy from Russian Federation".

"Dear America, appreciate your allies", Tusk said. Trump has praised Brexiteers and trashed the European Union in the past, and he piled on ahead of his first visit to Britain.

The 29 allies are due to restate a commitment to try to spend two percent of GDP on defense by 2024, according to excerpts of their final summit declaration seen by AFP.

The NATO chief was frank about the impact of Trump's criticism on the organisation.

"When we stand together, also in dealing with Russian Federation, we are stronger", Stoltenberg replied.

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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen dismissed the president's claim.

"We're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries".

He even suggested his meeting with Putin on Monday would the "easiest" of his trip in Europe.

Britain's summer 2016 referendum saw the leave side prevail by a 52-48 margin - a populist victory combined with Trump's surprise victory in the USA presidential race later in the year that sparked upheaval in the global order.

European Council President Donald Tusk set the scene by warning Mr. Trump that he is losing friends fast.

But many diplomats fear Trump's anger over defense spending will overshadow the summit. And President Trump's told reporters that in the end he thinks everything will fine.

"The president has asked repeatedly what progress we've made in Afghanistan since he made his decision, and how much we've invested there since 2001", said the senior official.

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