North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: EU's Tusk warns president to appreciate allies

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Mr Tusk also made the point that the USA did not and would not have a better ally than the EU, reminding the president that it was European troops who had fought and died in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

In a second tweet, the president wrote: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS". However, many members pitch in far less than that figure, while the USA puts in more than 3 percent of its GDP.

Defense spending among the 29 nations belonging to the transatlantic military alliance increased to an estimated 2.42% of gross domestic product (GDP), up from 2.4% in 2016, the organization said earlier this year. "Previous presidents have complained about alliance burden sharing, it's not like he's the first one to criticize the Europeans for not doing more, but he is the first one to make it the only thing he talks about".

Mr. Trump voiced concern about the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and London visit, the two other stops on his trip to Europe. But the relatively unsexy, multilateral work of the alliance doesn't play to Trump's typical strengths or preferences of how to conduct foreign policy.

Trump alarmed allies during a visit to Brussels a year ago when he did not specifically mention US backing for Article 5, but aides said later that USA support was assumed and did not have to be mentioned.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many". We're being taken advantage of by the European Union.

President Donald Trump said his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the easiest meeting of his upcoming trip to Europe.

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". "The conversation in Brussels could be strained and awkward, and then you [could] have Putin and Trump standing shoulder to shoulder and being buddy-buddy". That has been most plain in his antagonistic approach to Germany, the main host of USA forces in Europe. 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.

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.

He continued, "suddenly you have a situation where the US president wants to connect the two things". Trump often rails against NAFTA as the worst trade deal ever signed.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".

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