Trump's broadside against Germany at NATO finds some support at home

By Daphne Psaledakis and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They might not have agreed with the U.S. president calling Germany a "captive" of Russia, but some Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said they believe Donald Trump is right to shame one of America's most important allies into spending more on defense. The Republican president, in Brussels for the NATO summit, took a swipe at Germany for supporting a new pipeline for Russian gas, saying at a pre-summit meeting: "We're supposed to be guarding against Russia and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia." Trump kept up his assault on NATO members, particularly Germany, for failing to spend a target two percent of national income on defense, a goal they must meet by 2024.

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