Donald Trump upped his criticism of Germany on Wednesday as hethreatened sanctions over Angela Merkel's continued support for agas pipeline from Russia and warned that he could shift troops awayfrom the NATO ally over its defense spending.

Echoing previous threats about German support for the NordStream 2 pipeline, Trump said he's looking at sanctions to blockthe project he's warned would leave Berlin “captive” to Moscow. TheU.S. also hopes to export its own liquefied natural gas toGermany.

“We're protecting Germany from Russia, and Russia is gettingbillions and billions of dollars in money from Germany” for itsgas, Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting withPolish President Andrzej Duda.

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