Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump Zings NATO, and EU Chief Zings Back

Trump Zings NATO, and EU Chief Zings Back

This disdain for US allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable.

Trump has, meanwhile, delivered on USA commitments to Europe. We're being taken advantage of by the European Union.

"Prior presidents saw America's allies as enhancing USA power and really enabling the United States in being the global leader that it has been for so long, especially compared to China and Russian Federation, which have very few allies", said Goldgeier.

He has also pointed the finger at European Union member states for not spending enough on defence - a long-standing complaint of U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama.

Diplomats are quoted as predicting that Trump will threaten to pull United States troops out of Ukraine, and ultimately out of Europe in general over the spending demands.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies". Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all'. "It's very clear, and he's been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security".

The G-7 world leaders' meeting in Canada last month ended in tumult when Trump suddenly retracted his endorsement of the group's final joint statement after his departure and railed against Trudeau by midflight tweet en route to Singapore for his summit with Kim, a meeting that critics said legitimized Kim on the world stage without securing a clear pathway to the denuclearization. Germany has kept defense spending at just 1.2 percent of GDP in recent years.

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"Secretary of Defense [James] Mattis is supportive of NATO, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchison, is very supportive". For context, the United States spends a massive amount on defense - 3.61 percent of our 2016 GDP was dedicated to it. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

President Trump is leaving for his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Tuesday morning in an apparent good mood-and happy to take some preemptive shots at the world bloc.

"Getting ready to leave for Europe".

Shortly before boarding Air Force One, Trump broke down his meeting schedule in Europe over the next several days, and he implied that he was most looking forward to meeting with Putin.

Putin complained to Trump about the people who tried to stop the two men from talking, reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis found.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June.

"The president is going into a situation where most of the countries he will be talking to will not be thinking internationally because they have so many headaches domestically", said Christopher Swift, a national security scholar at Georgetown University.

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