Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

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

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Faye Gross | 11 July, 2018, 05:15

Days after their meeting, Trump plans to sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one summit, a meeting in Helsinki, that could be more cordial.

NATO's 2018 Brussels Summit takes place on Wednesday and Thursday.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday in a message to Mr Trump that "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem". "We spend on defense much more than Russian Federation and as much as China", Tusk wrote.

He wrote: "The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them".

Prior to departing the White House shortly after 7 a.m., Trump also fired off another tweet claiming credit for an economy that is "ROARING" and a Supreme Court nomination that he said has received "GREAT REVIEWS".

This week's two-day summit, beginning on Wednesday at Nato's new headquarters in the Belgian capital, is expected to be dominated by U.S. demands for increased spending by other members of the 29-nation alliance.

"The UK has a situation that's been going on for a long time".

Mr Trump said he "can't say right now" if Mr Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a "competitor".

"I'd like to hear someone say that's a bad idea". During this scrum, Trump said that the meeting with the Russian president "may be the easiest of them all".

"He is going to have a strong and good summit of allies where we talk frankly, but we are together on the big issues and that's a position of strength going to talk with Vladimir Putin", the ambassador said. But we can not be taken advantage of.

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He then laced into German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be in attendance in Brussels, complaining about how much the United States put toward Germany's defense: "And I said, you know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have pledged to spend 2 percent of their GDP on the objective, but majority, including the Czech Republic, are not doing so.

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

CANADA and NORWAY are other offenders in the eyes of the US president, although Ottawa has plans to increase its defense budget by almost three-quarters over the next decade.

"In the months ahead, we will step up our cooperation on military mobility, which is essential to our deterrence and defense".

'I've said that many times for many years. Europeans must spend more on defense. After decades of cutting they have started to increase their defence spending.

The G-7 summit ended with Trump lashing out at the other members and threatening to stop all trade with them if they didn't change their practices.

"We are committed to Article 5".

The funding area of its website states that the U.S. accounts for two-thirds (67%) of defence spending of the alliance.

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