It was an uncomfortable day as anxious Western allies were subjected to Trump’s “America First” approach.
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U.S. President Donald Trump accused Germany Wednesday of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance, before a NATO summit where he pressed allies to more than double defense spending.Having lambasted NATO members for failing to reach a target of spending 2 percent of national income on defense, Trump told fellow leaders in Brussels he would prefer a goal of 4 percent, similar to U.S. levels, officials said.At the end of the first session of a two-day summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the aim first was to reach 2 percent, but moments later Trump tweeted that allies were undercutting the United States on trade and needed to immediately up spending.Trump told Stoltenberg Germany was wrong to support an $11 billion Baltic Sea pipeline to import even more Russian gas while being slow to meet targets for NATO spending.NATO's Stoltenberg later told reporters that Trump, who will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, had used "very direct language" but that NATO spending was rising strongly.
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