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Trump lashes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies as he lands for tense summit

Trump lashes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies as he lands for tense summit

But European Council President Donald Tusk was more direct in anticipating that Trump may have designs on sowing discord, delivering a stinging warning to the visiting Americans president. At a subsequent rally in Montana last week, the president declared, "Our allies in many cases were worse than our enemies". Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation. He also let US defense spending fall.

First of all, dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many. Trump declined to go with either option, calling Putin a "competitor" instead. "By some accounts, the U.S.is paying for 90% of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment".

"When he says the Brexit dream is dying, he's really talking about the perspective he had on Brexit, but in my view that was never a live possibility in any instance".

White House officials are said to be afraid the "Trump baby" protest at Westminster may prompt him to lash out. Seven nations-the Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, Albania, Denmark, Croatia and Germany-contributed more troops to Afghanistan operations, as a percentage of their total military force, than the United States did between 2015 and 2017, according to analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He believes that many of them are effectively getting a free ride, want the U.S. to take their security more seriously than they do themselves, and are taking advantage of the USA in defense as well as in trade. NATO's allies can always try to spend even more on defense, but asking them to pay the United States back dues that they never promised and do not owe is an impossible demand.

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"I do think Russian Federation is trying to flip Turkey; they're trying to flip many of our allies", Hutchison said. On Putin's wish list: an end to US military exercises in Europe and the scaling back of USA forces there. So far, only five countries meet that threshold: the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece, Estonia and Latvia. "And, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us".

Since moving into the White House nearly 18 months ago, the USA president has been as abrasive with some of America's most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North Korea and Russian Federation. The NATO chief said that the Europeans and Canada are projected to spend around US$266 billion more on defence by 2024. While last June, NATO expected a 4.3 percent spending growth in 2017, the figure was revised in March to nearly 4.9 percent and further to over 5.2 percent in July. The US, Trump stressed, was no longer going to be "the schmucks paying for the whole thing".

"The main concern is he will spend much of the time berating them on not spending enough on defense" before having "a love fest with Putin, like he did with Chairman Kim", Goldgeier said.

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