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"Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation cause they are getting 60 to 70% of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline", he said, adding that former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder was the chairman of Nord Stream AG, which was also inappropriate.

"So we're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation and you pay billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate", Trump said at the residence of the USA ambassador in Brussels. Not fair to the USA taxpayer. "This is serious. My task is to try to minimize the negative impact on NATO", Stoltenberg told a forum in the margins of the summit.

There are concerns that Trump will alienate North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members ― traditional allies of the US ― while cozying up to Putin.

Ryan said he shared Trump's concerns over a Russian natural gas pipeline and Germany's spending on defense. "But we will work it out, and all countries will be happy".

'You tell me if that's appropriate because I think it's not. "It is very inappropriate", he said.

President Trump and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, left, gesture during a heated bilateral breakfast on Wednesday in Brussels.

Baltic leaders fearful of any repeat of Russia's annexation of Crimea called for unity as they arrived at the summit, while Slovakia's President Andrej Kiska said his country was "one of the good guys" because he was increasing defense spending.

Mr Trump went on to accuse Germany of only spending "a little bit over 1%" of its economic output on defence compared to the 4.2% spent by the United States "in actual numbers". Germany now spends about 1.2 percent, while the US spends about 3.6 percent.

Ms. Merkel said they were discussing migration and trade.

"You know, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France".

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"I think we meet with our adversaries".

Stoltenberg agreed there should be more done to prompt allies to invest more in their defense.

Trump's comments about the United Kingdom refer to recent chaos in Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which has been thrown into turmoil by a series of high-profile resignations by Brexit-supporting ministers.

The president however pressed on, demanding the Germans increase their military spending "immediately" rather than over a period of years.

The cost-sharing issue tops Mr. Trump's agenda for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

As Trump attacked fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries, he also downplayed Russia's role as an aggressor, calling the country a "competitor" rather than an adversary. "And yet, we're paying a lot of money to protect ..."

Troops from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries have fought alongside the U.S.in Afghanistan and Iraq.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that seven out of 27 European members were on course to spend two percent of GDP on defense in 2018: Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania.

The Senate voted 97-2 Tuesday night to approve a similar, non-binding resolution to reaffirm the US relationship with and support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. The House is expected to cast a similar, non-binding vote on Wednesday. "I think we have to talk to Germany about it". "But let me say a couple of things". It is as important today as it ever has been.