Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

European Council president warns Trump about lack of U.S. allies

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. Underpayments by European nations have been contentious since long before Trump started complaining about the problem-especially following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when many nations began to slash defense spending. Not fair to the US taxpayer.

NATO, which was founded soon after World War II to counter the influence of the Soviet Union, officially suspended all cooperation with Russian Federation after Putin seized Crimea in 2014. We pay far too much and they pay far too little.

Trump has already suggested he is looking forward to that meeting more than any portion of his trip.

Trump is to meet Putin in Helsinki next week in a summit that has generated much unease.

Kissinger Associates political consultant Thomas Graham told Kommersant that Putin might be willing to acknowledge that nonstate actors from Russian Federation were involved in the 2016 election.

In a second tweet, the president wrote: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS". Panelists also discussed a viral video of the president pushing Duško Marković, the prime minister of Montenegro during a group photo at the summit.

"Direct contributions are made to finance requirements of the Alliance that serve the interests of all 29 members - and are not the responsibility of any single member - such as NATO-wide air defence or command and control systems", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says.

"Frankly Putin might be easiest of them all. Who would think? Who would think?"

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Most notable is the departure of Johnson, who was one of the primary drivers of the campaign for Britain to leave the EU. "Boris Johnson's a friend of mine". At the G7 meeting, Trump reportedly said, "NATO is as bad as NAFTA", according to Axios.

'And maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there.

Trump is unpopular in Britain, so supporting Johnson could help May, and sow doubt about Britain's decision to part ways with the European Union, he added.

Trump's comments about the United Kingdom refer to recent chaos in Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which has been thrown into turmoil by a series of high-profile resignations by Brexit-supporting ministers.

Both countries will be well-served in the meantime by the British parliament's recent decision to ratify the deal, known as CETA, said Joseph Pickerill, a spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.

For NATO he doubled down on his previous arguments about other member states taking advantage of the not contributing more to the budget.

Last month, the president even wrote letters to a handful of European countries, urging them to up their defense commitments.

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