Trump's strained visit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, meeting with Putin

Trump's strained visit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, meeting with Putin

"It's going to be an interesting time in the United Kingdom and it's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump told reporters at the White House.

The President also called former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - who resigned Monday - "my friend" - just days before he is due to meet with Mrs May during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president.

Many US presidents have urged European governments to spend more on their militaries.

Last month, the U.S. raised fears of a trade war by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada, Mexico and other USA allies. "And dear Europe, spend more on your defense because everyone expects an ally that is well prepared and equipped", he added, noting: "Money is important, but genuine solidarity should be more important".

The NATO summit is likely to be dominated by Trump's insistence that member nations step up and pay more for their joint defence.

Asked about Trump's remark that the UK was "in turmoil", the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister looks forward to showing Donald Trump the UK and talking to Donald Trump about the UK and is confident that he will leave with a very positive view".

In Brussels, Merkel will defend her decision to raise defense spending more slowly than Trump's goal and seek to maintain the 35,000 USA troops deployed to Germany, which Trump has threatened to pull back.

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There is only one irreducible requirement for Trump at the NATO summit: he should not say or do anything to indicate that the United States is unwilling to honor Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, that "an armed attack against one or more of [the allies] in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all".

During the president's seven-day tour through Europe, he plans to stop in Helsinki on July 16 for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"NATO has not treated us fairly, but I think we'll work something out. He smells who is weak and who is strong, and he gets on well with the strong ones", said Robin Niblett, director of the Chatham House, a prominent think tank in London.

Since moving into the White House nearly 18 months ago, the US president has been as abrasive with some of America's most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North Korea and Russian Federation.

"The spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".

The enduring image of May's visit to the White House in January 2017, when she became the first foreign leader to meet the president after he took office, was Trump taking May's hand to help her down the steps of the White House colonnade. That is why we have agreed today to strengthen EU-NATO ties in crucially important areas. "Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years, and not paying in those past years", Trump told the leaders of member countries. I get along with her very well.

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