Sen. Bob Menendez: Trump meeting with Putin alone will be 'enormously dangerous'

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday

Trump is expected to continue to confront North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies about their military spending during the summit meeting, which comes amid strained relations between the US president and the United States' closest traditional allies.

Trump said they had a "great meeting" and praised a "very, very good relationship with the chancellor" as well as a "tremendous relationship with Germany", while Merkel said she was happy for the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the president and was "very much looking forward to further" exchanges.

Despite the harsh criticism of the president, Kerry agreed that United States allies need to increase their defense spending. "I think that is very inappropriate".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump (C) make a statement to the press, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. The president also imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of items last week, which some lawmakers believe should have required congressional approval.

Before he departed for the alliance summit in Belgium that starts a week-long trip that also features meetings with United Kingdom leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said the latter would likely be the "easiest".

"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!", he tweeted last month before tearing into the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its former director James Comey.

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'We are protecting Germany, we are protecting France, we are protecting all of these countries and then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they are paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation.

"We do have disagreements, but most importantly, we have decisions that are pushing this alliance forward and making us stronger", Stoltenberg said. "President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden, and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations".

"I want to say that I have experience of when a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", Merkel, who grew up in Soviet-controlled East Germany, said. Trump was referring to the controversial $12 billion proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russian Federation and Germany.

Trump's harsh words for Merkel, whose country has hosted tens of thousands of USA troops that have been key to post-WWII stability in Europe for seven decades, struck at the core of the alliance.

"We are willing to increase our defence spending as agreed in Wales".

The Trump administration is now trying to derail a German-Russian project to double the capacity of the underwater Nord Stream gas pipeline.

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