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NATO leaders entered a special emergency session after President Donald Trump reportedly spoke very bluntly about his demands that the countries spend more on defense.
During the summit, Trump reportedly broke diplomatic protocol by calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel by her first name, saying “Angela, you need to do something about this,” a source told Reuters.
Trump has repeatedly slammed Merkel for supporting a new pipeline that would cement Berlin’s client relationship with Russia and increase Moscow’s influence.
Trump also demanded NATO countries up their defense spending immediately, and said all allies should eventually double defense spending to a wartime-like 4% of GDP.

NATO leaders entered a special emergency session after President Donald Trump reportedly spoke very bluntly about his demands that the countries spend more on defense.

During the summit, Trump reportedly broke diplomatic protocol by calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel by her first name, saying “Angela, you need to do something about this,” a source told Reuters.

Leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia, non-NATO members, were asked to leave for the emergency session.

Trump singled out Germany on Wednesday when he accused them of being “totally” controlled by Russia because Russia provides a large share of their oil and natural gas. Merkel fired back that Germany was independent and a strong NATO ally.

“The language was much tougher today,” a source told Reuters. “His harshest words were directed at Germany, including by calling her Angela –‘You, Angela.'”

Trump emerged from the session to make an unscheduled statement where he said he had communicated to other NATO countries he would be “extremely unhappy” if they didn’t quickly up their spending, but they had agreed to do so.

“We had a very intense summit,” Merkel told reporters after the session.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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