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

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

In Brussels, they expect Trump to undercut the alliance and demonstrate that the United States is not wholeheartedly committed to it, while they worry that in Helsinki he will sell out the West for the equivalent of a mess of pottage to the master of the Kremlin.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison briefs the media ahead of a NATO meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 13, 2018. Trump also told reporters last week that he would press the Russian president on election meddling and also discuss Syria and Ukraine during their meeting. Trump declined to go with either option, calling Putin a "competitor" instead.

Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin.

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, is due in court on Tuesday as part of his plea deal with Mueller. Trump had received a briefing with the instruction, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE".

The US president and First Lady Melania will touch down in Britain on Thursday for his first visit since entering the White House. He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive.

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This administration seems to treat our allies as adversaries, and treat our adversaries, or potential adversaries, like their friends", Warner said to CNN on Monday.

Trump is pushing for other countries to spend more on their own defense, while taking credit for some increases that have already occurred. Only Trump's ratifying this U.S. commitment will get the Russian leader's full attention and reduce any belief Putin may have that he can manipulate Trump to betray Western interests.

"Mr. Putin represents none of those values", Warner said.

Trump's relationship with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies has been tenuous since before he took office.

But Mrs May's plans for Brexit would tie Britain to the European Union by having a common rulebook on goods making it nearly impossible to have a free trade deal with the United States or other countries.

The US president bit back on Twitter, writing: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS". This is not fair, nor is it acceptable.

As of June, only six member countries had met that 2 percent spending goal: the U.K., the United States, Greece, Estonia, Poland and Romania. She insisted on the solidarity of the 29-member alliance and denounced the "malign activities" of Russian Federation and its attempts to "divide our democratic nation".



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