Trump tells Nato allies to spend 4% of GDP on defense, clashes with Merkel over Russia pipeline

At the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump issued a surprise demand for members of the alliance to raise their defense spending to 4 percent of GDP, twice the current target of 2 percent, which most of the allies do not meet. Additionally, Trump ripped Merkel for Germany’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline deal with Russia, saying Berlin is becoming totally controlled by Moscow because Russia will be providing 60-70 percent of Germany’s energy, The Guardian reports. Trump said the Nord Stream 2 deal “should never have been allowed to happen.” Trump reportedly walked out of the NATO summit after demanding that member states raise their defense spending to 4 percent of GDP.


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