U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked Germany for being a “captive” of Russia in abrasive comments that took many people by surprise. All the leaders of Western Europe are in Brussels for a NATO summit where there has been an uneasy expectation that Trump was coming to the summit to cause trouble. He has been saying for months that he wants Europeans to pay more for military defense and the U.S. burden is too great.
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