Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Putin summit 'may be the easiest' stop on European tour

Putin summit 'may be the easiest' stop on European tour

The alliance invoked that concept after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the USA and deploys global forces alongside US troops in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

Meanwhile, the Trump-Putin relationship is blossoming (or perhaps just coming out into the open). "America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe".

He vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defence while blocking USA imports into the bloc, the world's biggest market.

Derek Chollet, executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a think tank, says there is a clear connection between Trump's criticism of German defense spending and reports that the Pentagon has undertaken a review of the cost of keeping troops in Europe. The United States spends 3.5% of GDP on defense, the most of any North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member. In 2014, Russia's membership in what was formerly the G8 was revoked after it annexed Crimea.

However, allies seem more concerned by Trump's approach than his predecessors'. They were the US, Greece, Britain and Estonia. They include the growing Russian threat, transnational terrorism, cyberwarfare, piracy on the high seas and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, among others. "They make it impossible to do business in Europe, yet they come in and they sell their Mercedes and BMWs to us".

Of the divisions and tensions likely to be in attendance at the Brussels meeting, he conceded that "there are disagreements and different views, and I expect actually also honest and frank discussions during the summit". Being engaged in the outside world and working with others according to widely agreed rules of the road, even if they need reforming, is not a choice. -European relations to end the unfair trade practices, and balance-out the transatlantic security cooperation. He may have had political reasons for tying trade to security: It allowed him to bypass Congress as he imposed the tariffs.

In the past few weeks, Trump has sent sharply worded letters to the leaders of several European countries, including Germany, Italy and Norway, as well as to Canada, urging increased defense spending and warning that the US was losing patience. "No one wants to look like Trump's poodle". Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said, "That's up to the people", while also complimenting her top rival, Boris Johnson.

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 denied any collusion with Russian Federation.

"Well, we do have a lot of allies", he told reporters before boarding Marine One. Cold War-era contingency plans for Western troops and military hardware to move swiftly across Europe have lapsed.

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday in a message to Trump that "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

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