Trump jabs allies at start of NATO summit

President Trump continued to criticize European allies at the start of a NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, telling the alliance’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, that U.S. allies were “delinquent” for paying too little on their own defense. He also called Germany “captive to Russia because it’s getting so much of its energy from Russia.”

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, pushed back against Trump’s ongoing criticism of Western allies, tweeting that the U.S. “doesn’t have and won’t have a better ally” than the European Union. Tusk noted that EU members combined spend more on defense than Russia. Over his week in Europe,

Trump also will visit the U.K. and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

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