Tusk made similar remarks after signing a joint EU-NATO declaration in Brussels ahead of the summit, once again warning the USA president to "appreciate your allies". "This is unfair, nor is is acceptable". "We pay far too much and they pay far too little", he said later on the South Lawn. Since the 2016 campaign and before, Trump has repeatedly expressed a perplexing affection for Putin, despite the authoritarian leader's brutal hold on power in his country and his disregard for democratic values.
Trump is pushing for other countries to spend more on their own defense, while taking credit for some increases that have already occurred.
Trump has slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of steel and aluminum imports from China, the European Union, Canada and others, prompting retaliation against USA products. "I've said that many times for many years, so we'll see".More news: Nadal back in Wimbledon quarters after 7 years
But, given a general wariness towards Russian Federation among American voters and Congressional lawmakers, Trump is unlikely to concede too much to Putin, said Michaels.
"America, appreciate your allies - after all, you don't have that many".
Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected. Then's he's off to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II before heading to Scotland.More news: Mother is sole survivor of crash that killed husband, 4 daughters
"Getting ready to leave for Europe". Saying that he wants to improve relations with Moscow, Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on conclusions by the nation's intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to help him win the 2016 election, noting that Putin has "strongly" denied being behind the interference. Also, Russia's aggression in seizing Crimea and its military actions in other parts of Ukraine require a substantial North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military buildup, without which Putin is highly likely to push Russian military forces further westward, including into the Baltic states (formal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies) and perhaps also northern European neutrals (Finland and Sweden). Still, Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a weekly podcast Saturday, said Germany would increase defense spending in its 2019 budget, suggesting that Trump's complaints are paying off.
"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.
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