Trump discusses Vladimir Putin meeting before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Trump discusses Vladimir Putin meeting before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

In addition to stating that his meeting with Putin could be his "easiest" during his European trip, Trump also wouldn't say whether he considered the Russian leader a friend or foe.

He repeated his complaints about being treated "unfairly" by USA allies, but said "we'll work something out".

The president sent signals Monday that he was feeling emboldened, maybe more so than when he shook up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies past year with public demands that they pay their share for the military alliance. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted Monday morning, previewing his message in Brussels. "'And it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you'". "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend, and who is your strategic problem", Tusk says. On Putin's wish list: an end to US military exercises in Europe and the scaling back of USA forces there. "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk pressed, punctuated with a smiley-face emoticon. But the nations are "stepping up", even if they haven't yet reached their target contribution to the military alliance, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff on Monday.

Mr. Trump, who has compared the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May. I think there's going to be a key focus on our relationship on security and defence. When Russia illegally annexed Crimea, anyone who had been born in Crimea or anyone with a Crimean residence permit was given Russian citizenship.

The U.S. has been seeking an increased commitment by alliance members to increase defense spending. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union.

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Ahead of his controversial trip to Britain, the US President appeared to undermine Theresa May by paying tribute to the former Foreign Secretary just hours after he quit over Brexit. Allies are braced for a barrage of invective from Trump for not spending enough on defence, and are apprehensive that his often skeptical tone on the alliance that has underpinned European security for 70 years might turn into outright hostility.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies".

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the United States into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.

Trump also noted that 2% of GDP should be the "bare minimum for confronting today's very real and very vicious threats".

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