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Trump’s Attack on NATO Allies is ‘Payback’ for Endorsing Clinton

US President Donald Trump's recent criticisms of fellow NATO members at the Brussels summit Wednesday derives mostly from the fact that many of them endorsed Hillary Clinton, his former Democratic rival in the 2016 election, international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda told Sputnik.

A day after arriving in Belgium with First Lady Melania Trump, where the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is located, he jumped into the yearly summit by doing what he does best: berate the US' European allies.

During a breakfast meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Trump went straight for the throat by criticizing Germany's 2015 pipeline deal with Russia, calling Berlin a "captive of Russia," before diving headfirst on the debate on sharing the burden of NATO's collective defense budget.

"Many countries are not paying what they should and, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money from many years back," Trump told Stoltenberg. "They're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them."