Republicans Back From Russia Have Advice for Trump Before Putin Summit

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"I told people I'd be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially", Trump said.

Dr. Claudia Major, a researcher at the German Institute for International Security affairs, said that Germany, in particular, does more for the alliance than spend on its own defense, including deploying troops to Afghanistan, "and eventually, two percent is an arbitrary measurement that does not say much about efficiency and output".

And yet there was United States President Donald Trump, himself very much the subject of both above-mentioned embroilments, accusing Germany on Wednesday of being "totally controlled by" and "captive to" Russian Federation. "And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them".

United States officials have told Reuters that Washington is preparing another review of strategy, a year after Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend involvement in the 17-year-old war.

Germany, Europe's richest country, spends just 1.24% on defense, and it's an unpopular topic there.

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It was only last month that after a disastrous G-7 summit, Trump signed a joint communiqué with other allies and then changed his mind while flying home.

He also said that he has hope for what the allies can do to marginalize Putin, even if Trump refuses to.

He noted that he had met with Trump the evening before and they discussed increasing the US troop presence in Poland.

Two NATO sources said, however, that Trump had not issued a threat to pull the United States out of the alliance that it helped found to keep the peace in Europe after World War Two.

Focusing on numbers, rather than capabilities, "is an inadequate way to measure allies' impact and their various contributions to NATO's mission of collective defense".

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That said, the most recent major North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deployments have been in support of US -led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in the wake of the September 11 attacks. "The U.S. pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe, and loses Big on Trade!"

Trump had said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin next Monday, July 16, "may be the easiest" part of his upcoming European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.

The Post reports that the Munich-based news outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's largest news organizations, ran a story about the president's slams against Germany with the headline: "It is not only bad, it is catastrophic".

"They are going to up it to levels like they have never though it before, " he said.

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