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Germany controlled by Russia: Trump

‘INAPPROPRIATE’:The US is supposed to be protecting European nations from Russia, but Germany is paying billions of dollars to the country for energy, Trump said

AP AND AFP, BRUSSELS

“You can try to be a bean-counter and look at exactly how much of this, and how much that, but the fundamental question is: Is what you are doing actually making a difference?” Trudeau said.

“Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made,” he tweeted on Tuesday while en route to Europe, asking: “Will they reimburse the U.S.?”

That is not how the spending works. The 2 percent represents the amount each country aims to spend on its own defense, not some kind of direct payment to NATO or the US.

During his campaign, Trump called NATO “obsolete” and suggested the US might not come to the defense of members if they found themselves under attack — a shift that would represent a fundamental realignment of the modern world order.

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