Trump says Putin ‘easiest’ of meetings in Europe

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

"We're being taken advantage of by the European Union", Trump said.

However, former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who is the current US ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, told reporters in a conference call last week that Trump is committed to "NATO's strength and unity", according to the New York Times.

The president's comments come as May's government has seen top advisers resign over her approach to Brexit, including Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.

In an earlier Twitter posting, the president singled out Germany for contributing just 1 per cent, which he said is one-fourth of what the spending. The EU did strike back with retaliatory tariffs on United States goods. Of course, USA military power is huge, and even 1% of GDP would make it the most potent force in Europe.

They agreed to be "guided" by "considerations" to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense by 2024.

Trump's comments about the United Kingdom refer to recent chaos in Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which has been thrown into turmoil by a series of high-profile resignations by Brexit-supporting ministers.

NATO is keen to damp down trans-Atlantic differences during the two-day summit at its Brussels headquarters, despite divisions among the alliance's 29 members over Trump's policies on trade and his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and an worldwide climate agreement. As Winston Churchill wisely once said, "There is at least one thing worse than fighting with allies - and that is to fight without them".

THIS SHOULD BE EASY: President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. New Poll says Trump, at over 90%, is the most popular Republican in history of the Party. "Europe far more than it does the U.S".

While Mr Trump is looking to improve relations with Russian Federation, there has been alarm at the deteriorating climate with his allies in Europe and what he might agree to with President Putin.

"I would like to address president Trump directly who for a long time now has been criticising Europe nearly daily", the former Polish prime minister said.

On Crimea: Trump has increased the US military presence in Europe after the "annexation illegally of Crimea by Russia", Hutchison said.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many", he said. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation.

Trump, whose 2016 election campaign is being probed for possible collusion with Russian Federation, has said repeatedly he wants to have a good relationship with Washington's former Cold War foe, despite tensions between Russian Federation and the West over Ukraine, Syria and alleged election meddling around the world.

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