European Council president warns Trump about lack of USA allies

European Council president warns Trump about lack of USA allies

European Council President Donald Tusk addressed Trump's criticism, telling the U.S. President to "appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", at an E.U.

While NATO members increased overall defense spending in 2017, for a second consecutive year, the United States was still largely outspending all other members.

Kommersant's sources in the USA government say Washington is ready to incorporate these sentiments into a joint statement at the summit, but the White House wants a declaration (either in a separate document or a verbal statement) that the United States is concerned about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump administration wants a guarantee that Moscow won't meddle again.

Answering questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House as he and his wife Melania prepared to board the Marine One presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said that the United Kingdom "certainly has a lot of things going on".

When asked if Putin was a friend or foe, Trump replied, "I really can't say right now - as far as I'm concerned, a competitor".

Tusk reminded Trump that the first time NATO's mutual defense clause to assist other members under attack came after the terror attacks on 9/11 and that 870 European troops have fought and died in Afghanistan.

"Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russian Federation and as much as China and I think you have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian Federation or Chinese spending", Tusk said.

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Trump's controversy-stoking tweets ahead of his arrival in Belgium matched similar attempts by the US President to sow discord and project strength ahead of his arrival at the G7 in Quebec last month, when he criticized G7 allies over trade before arriving to gladhand his foreign counterparts as if nothing had happened.

And right on cue, Trump tweeted an attack on American allies before Bremmer's MSNBC segment was over: "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and nicely pay for it".

The comments could heighten fears among USA allies and lawmakers that Trump could make too many concessions to Russian Federation while antagonizing European partners.

"NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations ..." Putin reportedly has been telling Trump that "fake news" and the "deep state" are conspiring against them. "Charge us big tariffs and barriers".

Mr. Johnson resigned from his post on Monday. Trump tweeted on Tuesday, quickly following up that tweet with one accusing the European Union of "making it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe". "But above all when you meet President Putin in Helsinki", he said.

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