Fractious talks between Trump and the EU
Posted on 11/07/2018

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War of words in the ongoing NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.

Trump hits out at Germany at the NATO Summit

Trump hits out at Germany at the NATO Summit
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Donald Trump criticized Germany on the first day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium. He said, "Germany is totally controlled by Russia" due to their excessive energy dependence on the latter.

The two-day summit has begun with some scathing remarks.

Before his arrival in Brussels, Trump voiced his concerns over limited defence spending by the EU. He has said that the EU is freeriding on US defence capabilities.

This was met with a sharp rebuke from the European Council President, Donald Tusk, who accused Trump of criticizing the EU almost daily. He went on to say, "the EU spends more than Russia and as much as China in Defence."

He also reminded Trump of European troops who fought and died in Afghanistan after the 2001 attacks in the US. However, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been hinting on distancing itself from the US because of the latter's constant disapproval of the EU and its operations.

It is important to note that Trump's criticism is not limited to defence but trade as well. After getting into a trade war with China, the US have increased tariffs on steel and aluminum from the EU, Canada, Mexico and other US allies.

In return, the EU has also increased tariffs on products like motorcycles and orange juice. The trade war with the EU is in response to the trade deficit faced by the US in regard to its trade with the former.

Despite the EU being America's biggest export market, the US saw a decline in its exports over the last months which propelled the decision of raising tariffs.

Amidst the trade dispute and war of words between the leaders, one can expect fractious talks in the ongoing NATO summit.