NATO Braces for Trump Visit, But Fears May Be Overplayed

11 July, 2018, 03:13 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki

"We lost $151 billion previous year on trade", the president told reporters.

Trump also heaped praise on former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who led Britain's "leave" campaign during its 2016 Brexit referendum, and whose resignation this week has triggered a political crisis for Britain's Conservative government.

Mr. Johnson resigned from his post on Monday.

Trudeau delivered that message during a day-long visit to Latvia ahead of the 29-country military summit, and just hours after Trump moved to disrupt the meeting by casting Russian Federation in a positive light. I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship.

'I like Boris Johnson. I've always liked him'. "Well that's up to the people", Trump said.

Mr Trump joked that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin might be the "easiest" leg of his trip to Europe. "I think it is going to be one of the most productive that we have ever had", said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ambassador Hutchison. And I have Putin.

"Frankly Putin might be easiest of them all".

The demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 prompted a partial drawdown of USA forces from Europe, but every administration since then has concluded that keeping a US military presence there was important for wider USA security, political and economic interests, and as a sign of solidarity with Europe.

The White House is already telegraphing success for this week's summit and sounding an optimistic tone about the member countries' ability to work together.


A United States president juking for confrontation has become the norm in the West, most recently when he infuriated the top allies at the G7 summit in Quebec.

Trump also aired grievances about the US trade relationship with the European Union. "The atmosphere of this meeting, between the tariffs [and pulling out of] the Iran nuclear agreement, we're not in a great environment for European countries to support what the USA wants".

The United States outspends every country on the planet on the military, and its defense spending makes up more than two-thirds of NATO's indirect costs.

Mr Trump will not make any public appearances in London when he comes to the United Kingdom next week - amid a massive security operation.

Trump made the comment while addressing reporters before he and First Lady Melania Trump boarded presidential helicopter Marine One.

In direct costs, the US now pays about 22 percent of NATO's "principal budgets" that are funded by all alliance members based on a cost-sharing formula that factors in the gross national income of each country.

When asked if Putin was a friend or foe, Trump replied, "I really can't say right now - as far as I'm concerned, a competitor".

Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, and several high-level investigations are examining the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

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