US President Donald Trump will maintain a one-on-one assembly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NATO summit on Wednesday, the White House stated.
The encounter comes after Trump launched a livid assault on Germany at the beginning of the alliance gathering, bitterly criticising Berlin for not spending sufficient on defence and accusing it of being ‘captive’ to Russia for power.
After Merkel, Trump will meet French President Emmanuel Macron. Both conferences are anticipated to be held behind closed doorways.
Trump acquired the two-day NATO summit in Brussels off to a divisive begin along with his livid rant over breakfast with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
He stated Germany was “a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia”, taking intention at the proposed Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline, which he has beforehand criticised.
The US chief additionally demanded Germany step up its defence spending ‘instantly’, saying plans to improve budgets over the approaching years should not sufficient.
Trump has lengthy complained that European NATO members don’t pay sufficient for their very own defence, accusing them of freeloading on America and singling out Germany for explicit criticism.