Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

European Council president warns Trump about lack of USA allies

European Council president warns Trump about lack of USA allies

President Tusk and President Juncker will attend two meetings at the NATO Summit, which starts in Brussels tomorrow (11 July). That trip is to be followed by a visit to Great Britain, where Prime Minister Theresa May's government is in turmoil following the departure of cabinet ministers over Brexit. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all who would think? "Who would think?" he told reporters.

Sources told the newspaper Kommersantthat the Kremlin has submitted a two-page document to the White House with a first draft of a potential statement Moscow hopes Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will make at the conclusion of their Helsinki summit next week. Trump still is angry the allies don't beef up their individual military budgets.

Asked if Mrs May would "remain in power" he said: "That's up to the people".

During his first meeting at the group's headquarters in Brussels a year ago, Trump suggested that members who haven't been paying their fair share should be required to pay back dues. Trump later tried to play down the squabbling, saying Washington had enough allies, but stressed that it will not let them "take advantage" of the US.

But for months, former real estate magnate Trump, eager to distance himself from both the Democratic and Republican politicians who preceded him, has been preaching a very different message. "As far as I'm concerned, he's a competitor". A competitor. I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing, ' Trump said.

United Kingdom police are mobilising in numbers not seen since widespread rioting in 2011, in order to meet planned anti-Trump protests.

"So we will see what happens, we have a long, handsome week".

Accusations that Russian Federation is trying to destabilize the West with cyber attacks and covert action have laid the ground for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's biggest expansion for decades, backed by a surge in US defense spending in Europe.

Analyst Karlijn Jans of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies said there have been numerous governmental and independent reports "talking about the dire state of especially European militaries - in terms of how they're able to deploy, if they can work together in the battlefield, communicate with each other".

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said after a signing statement on co-operation between the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. 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".

Canada only contributed 1.29% of GDP, while Germany - which has drawn criticism from President Trump - spent 1.24% of its GDP on defense past year.

European officials say while U.S. defence spending makes up 70 percent of combined allied governments' military budgets, just 15 percent of United States expenditure is spent in Europe on NATO-related defence.

Since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, the country has built up its forces close to Baltic states.

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