Trump says Putin may be easiest meeting of European trip

This week’s summit in Brussels could expose cracks in the Nato alliance

This week’s summit in Brussels could expose cracks in the Nato alliance

US President Donald Trump considers Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a competitor, as Trump himself told reporters at the White House before setting off on a trip to Europe, during which he is expected to participate in a Russian-US summit.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies".

Tusk made similar remarks after signing a joint EU-NATO declaration in Brussels ahead of the summit, once again warning the US president to "appreciate your allies".

Following the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, the President will travel to London for a four-day "working visit" that will include tea with the Queen, bilateral talks with May at her country house retreat and golf in Scotland. "Thank you to all of my great supporters, really big progress being made", Trump tweeted. Trump left that meeting without signing the joint statement from the seven nations and antagonizing important USA allies, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He tweeted on Tuesday morning (Wednesday NZT): "Getting ready to leave for Europe". "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of US$151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!"

"I would like to address President Trump directly who for a long time now has been criticising Europe nearly daily", the former Polish prime minister told a press conference. And, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us.

Trump loathes Germany's trade imbalance with the United States and feels the country is free-riding off the USA security umbrella.

Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an global summit in Canada.

"NATO has not treated us fairly, but I think we'll work something out".

Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed his anger some European countries, the United Kingdom excepted, do not spend at least two per cent of GDP on defence.

"As far as I'm concerned, a competitor", he noted, adding that it would be good to get along with Russian Federation and China.

Mr. Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin, whose country the USA intelligence community has concluded interfered in the 2016 election to help Mr. Trump win. But Trump's "obsession with it, the constant harping on it, and the exclusive focus on it - that's pretty new", said Goldgeier. "I think we'll see more and more countries developing relationships that they think will benefit them in an era when they can't count on the United States the way they used to", said Goldgeier.

Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election shocked British diplomats in Washington and relations between May and Trump have been strained at times.

As we have written before, Trump is conflating NATO's direct and indirect spending to claim that the U.S.

European Union and U.S. government data put the USA trade deficit with the European Union at around $100 billion, including services such as finance, where the United States has a surplus. He also has long criticized Merkel for her 2015 decision to admit more than 1 million asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere, warning that they were a proverbial Trojan horse who could destroy Europe's way of life.

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