John Kerry rips Trump’s 'disgraceful’ North Atlantic Treaty Organisation speech

12 July, 2018, 11:45 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Trump brands Germany a “captive of Russia,” days before he meets Putin

He also accused member states of failing to pay their fair share of defense spending and of being in debt to the U.S.

Mr Trump opened his argument by questioning why Germany pays billions to Moscow for gas supplies but then demands the United States defends it from Russian Federation, saying repeatedly: "I think it's inappropriate".

Hannity pointed out that Germany is spending billions of dollars on an energy pipeline between them and Russian Federation, and that the country's former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, is the one leading the business effort.

A joint summit declaration issued Wednesday underlined NATO's support for Ukraine and its aspirations for membership of the alliance, pending domestic reforms.

After a seemingly tense bilateral meeting with her USA counterpart, German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined her country's commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russian Federation to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russian Federation can send directly to Germany.

The president's critics have accused him of ignoring USA barriers to foreign products, and of seeking a tariff-fueled trade war with the Europeans (and the Chinese) that will undermine economies worldwide.

Alluding to Trump's comments about Germany, Kerry also said that "European energy security is an important topic for allies to discuss, even when they disagree".


Trump arrived on the back of a barrage of criticism of Europe on issues ranging from trade to energy and above all his claims that the continent freeloads on the back of America for its defence. Germans wouldn't agree with that.

Asked about Trump calling Germany Russia's "captive", Cornyn said: "I would not choose that word but I understand what he's getting at".

"Now is not the time" to be alienating allies, he said. "Germany is contributing troops as a lead nation in Lithuania and NATO's forward presence to the east", she said.

"They got rid of their coal plants, they got rid of the nuclear". The president is also not the first leader to point to the impact of Nord Stream 2 on Europe, echoing complaints from Eastern European allies who note it would cut out transit countries such as Poland and Ukraine.

The unexpected demand from Trump during a closed-door meeting of heads of state laid down a new, virtually unachievable marker for a peacetime military spending in an alliance already struggling to meet current defense spending commitments. They talk about how they are going to increase it [Nato spending] a tiny bit by 2030.

"We have a very, very good relationship with the chancellor". A source close to Macron said Trump had voiced his "personal attachment" to Europe and gave "rather positive and constructive messages" to his allies.

The Brussels meeting comes less than a week before Mr Trump is due to hold his first summit with Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, reviving concerns among U.S. allies over his proximity to the Russian president.

In a tweet today after a day of meetings, in which he lashed out at allies for insufficient defense spending, Trump calls on member nations to immediately boost spending.

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