Tusk tells Trump: Appreciate your allies, you don't have that many

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2018

"I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said.

In a pointed apparent reference to Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Putin, Mr Tusk noted that European military spending "is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian and Chinese spending".

Trump left that meeting without signing the joint statement from the seven nations and antagonizing important US allies, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Donald Tusk said after signing a joint European Union-NATO declaration on cooperation with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. Trump made waves in the British press by calling Boris Johnson, who yesterday quit Prime Minister Theresa May's government, "a friend" - while refusing to back her government.

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the U.S. to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US.

Hodges said Europe needed more German trains than German tanks because the capability of transporting the armed forces was vital at present.

Donald Trump spoke to reporters just before heading off on his trip to Europe, where he suggested that he's most looking forward to his meeting with Vladimir Putin. 'I'm confident the UK-US alliance will play a leading role in advancing our shared values of democracy and freedom, ' he said.

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Guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding cake. The monarch was due to return to London on Monday before a busy schedule of events including a meeting with U.S.

"The United States is not going to take care of everything", Trump said at a rally last week.

Trump is planning to tell the representatives of other allied countries that the US can not serve as a world's "piggy bank" from which defence is paid, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said recently. He said that money went towards both U.S. and European security when the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats.

Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of this year, and 15 are on track to spend 2 percent by 2024, according to a statement released by the White House recently.

With French and German officials urging member states to paper over their differences, EU President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to Trump yesterday, telling him "the USA doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU". "We are being taken advantage of by the European Union". "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter. "But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki".

Trump replied, "Well, we do have a lot of allies, but we can not be taken advantage of".

The hint of US withdrawal from Europe, while unlikely, indeed seems to have made many countries hike their defense spending.

A disastrous North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit could provide even worse optics than the divisive Group of Seven meeting in June, especially if a scheduled meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 is more convivial, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation diplomats said.

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