Trump to Open Trip by Meeting with Nervous NATO Leaders

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

The European Council President appealed to Mr Trump to remember who his allies are as the U.S. leader prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, adding: "Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. "Not fair to the US taxpayer", Trump tweeted earlier in the morning, calling the situation "Very Unfair!"

Donald Trump said the United Kingdom is in "turmoil" and his meeting with Vladimir Putin may be easier than his visit to see Theresa May. That includes running numerous military bases, missile defense systems, training operations, and more.

Unwavering support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been a basic tenet of USA foreign policy since the alliance was founded in 1949, but as Trump's emerging trade tariff war with Europe shows, the president has no qualms about upending conventional thinking on major global issues.

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Trump also vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, who he says does not do enough to support the transatlantic alliance and takes unfair advantage of the U.S. on trade.

"Those are stupid people", Trump said, according to the report; "you shouldn't listen to them". On the European migrant problem, the United States has been of zero help under both the Obama and Trump administrations. "'And it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you'". British Prime Minister Theresa May's government is fractured by Brexit, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is struggling to hold her coalition government together amid the immigration crisis. Only Trump's ratifying this U.S. commitment will get the Russian leader's full attention and reduce any belief Putin may have that he can manipulate Trump to betray Western interests.

The unpredictable Trump's affinity for the leaders of NATO's 28 other members carries the potential to further blur the lines between who is a friend and who is a foe. Trump still is angry the allies don't beef up their individual military budgets. Saying that he wants to improve relations with Moscow, Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on conclusions by the nation's intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to help him win the 2016 election, noting that Putin has "strongly" denied being behind the interference. But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election. "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.

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