German, NATO officials wary of Trump-Putin summit

"Within 24 hours, Mr. Trump can change his position by 180 degrees", said Lindner, although he warned against growing anti-American sentiments given that the United States was and would remain Germany's closest ally.

"I think it's fine to talk to the Russians, but the president should clearly understand that neither the Russians nor dictators like Kim Jong Un are going to be charmed by anybody", Blunt told NBC's Chuck Todd during Meet the Press Sunday.

"By defending itself from made-up threats, the alliance is raising constructions from the period of bloc confrontation, as it continues the construction of the USA anti-missile shield in Europe", Zakharova said, referring to the Cold War period, when Moscow itself had an global military alliance in Eastern Europe.

In the interview Sunday, Flake contrasted Trump's warm words about Putin and other authoritarian figures to his harsher language for U.S. allies. "We realized Trump cares little for the coordinated U.S. -EU foreign policy of the past", said one senior diplomat present. "I don't know how much protection we get from protecting you".

"The relationship must be reinvented every single day", he said.

Blunt said he supports the summit but hopes Trump does not recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, as the president has previously suggested.

The protest organizers oppose more military spending, and attracted a high-spirited, diverse crowd of thousands that wended through central Brussels while demonstrating on behalf of multiple causes during the peaceful march.

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Experts fear the trip could produce a repeat of the dynamics from Trump's last trip overseas, when he admonished Group of Seven allied nations at a summit in Canada before heading to Singapore, where he showered praise on one of America's longest-standing adversaries, North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Trump sent letters to the leaders of several North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries ahead of his visit, warning that it would become "increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries fail to meet our shared collective security commitments".

During a rally in Montana on Thursday, Trump mocked critics of his approach and preparation for the summit with Putin.

Still, Trump has repeatedly threatened to punish countries if they don't spend enough on defense, even suggesting the US may not protect them if they don't pay their fair share.

"The president was willing to offer concessions to Kim without getting anything specific or concrete in return", said Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. Poland, for instance, has put forth a proposal for the U.S.to build permanent military bases.

This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) together during a break in their talks at the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore.

Protesters also expressed condemnation of Trump's agenda overall, as his "zero tolerance" policy and the separation of families and his withdrawals from the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal have made headlines all over the world since he took office.

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