A senior European Union official lashed out Tuesday at President Donald Trump, lambasting the US leader for his constant criticism of European allies and urging him to remember who is friends are when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
Carefully-choreographed sessions and the leaders' dinner in a Brussels museum on Wednesday night are unlikely to mollify Trump, NATO diplomats say, as they found out to their dismay in May a year ago at a special dinner to welcome the president. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all". "And I am very much afraid what he would give away without any advisers to keep him in check", Schumer told reporters. The think-tank was referring to the pledge at NATO's 2014 summit meeting that members would "aim to move toward" spending at least 2 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2024.
"We'll see how that goes", he said of the summit with Putin to be held in Helsinki on Monday.
"The notion that America First Trump so obviously supports Brexit and one of its populist proponents is bound to give real pause for a lot of people, who are likely to conclude that if it's that great for the USA, then it will be at the expense of the U.K".
Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections, and several high-level investigations are examining the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. "Wow!" And in multiple tweets, he reiterated a familiar theme, complaining that the USA is shouldering an unfair share of defense costs overseas: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS", he tweeted.
While NATO members increased overall defense spending in 2017, for a second consecutive year, the United States was still largely outspending all other members. He said that money went towards both U.S. and European security when the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats.
At the time, Johnson was Mayor of London and said Trump was talking "complete and utter nonsense".
She said: "We have a tight relationship with our allies in the European Union, yet this government is tearing us away from them just as Trump is making a mockery of our so-called special relationship".
Tusk also urged European NATO members to spend more on defense, but noted: "Money is important but generating solidarity is more important".
But though North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has much to be triumphalist about as it stages its first biennial summit at its new billion dollar headquarters in Brussels, many summit leaders paradoxically appear anxious as they face the alliance's de-facto leader, Donald Trump, who brings with him tough talk on defense spending.
Trump on Tuesday wouldn't say if Russian Federation was a friend or foe.
"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.