Flake: Concerned by Trump's Rhetoric, Demeaning Allies and Praising Adversaries

U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of stat

U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of stat

Trump has given plenty of advance warning of his line of attack, with letters dispatched to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders who don't yet meet the target of 2 per cent of gross domestic product.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday told Bloomberg TV that the summit must show unity, warning that "our opponents would be delighted if there is a division in NATO".

Officials claim that Trump has had several phone calls with the Russian President since taking office, and that the two men often plot worldwide policy together. The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, adding: "Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer.

"Certainly, the president has been very plainspoken about asking our allies to do more", Hutchison said from Brussels, noting that other former presidents, including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, did the same.

He told Mr. Putin that Russian Federation and the United States should get along better.

"NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

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Trump told reporters he "can't say right now" if Russian President Vladimir Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a "competitor".

Diplomats fear an acrimonious meeting could undermine efforts to show unity in the face of the growing threat on the alliance's eastern flank - particularly with Trump set to meet Putin in Helsinki a few days later. When we take cases to the WTO, we win about 90 percent of them.

He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, "Putin may be the easiest of them all". On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he added.

Tusk too urged the Europeans to increase spending as they have promised, but said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many".

These jabs come just weeks after the G7 summit and subsequent worldwide flaps over tariffs and the President's trade wars, and just ahead of Trump's upcoming one-on-one with Vladimir Putin. In the past few weeks, Trump has sent sharply worded letters to the leaders of several European countries, including Germany, Italy and Norway, and also to Canada, warning that the USA was losing patience. "You are not behaving like a leader in the world, and we need you to do differently, to do better'". "This is the president continuing to keep Putin close".

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