As Trump slams North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, ambassador says Europeans are 'stepping up' on funding

Trump Sets Stage for NATO Showdown as He Ties Defense to Trade - Article

Trump Slams NATO Spending on Eve of Departure for Summit

After Putin mentioned that White House officials were trying to interfere, a person with direct knowledge of the conversation said that Trump told to Putin, "Those are stupid people; you shouldn't listen to them, "The New York Times reported Monday".

Similarly, earlier on Tuesday the president tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

Then's he's off to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II before heading to Scotland. Gardner responded by flatly denying Trump actually meant what he said.

Another point of concern for NATO allies is Trump's planned meeting with Russian President Putin immediately after the summit in Brussels, drawing parallels with Trump's post-G7 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Accusing the president of criticising Europe "almost daily", Mr Tusk said the European Union spent more than Russian Federation on defence and as much as China.

She did not directly answer a question about Trump's friendship with Johnson, her former foreign secretary who quit on Monday in protest at her plan for Brexit. According to an analysis last month, the US share of NATO's total civil and military budget is 22 per cent, or about one-fifth of the total, compared with 10 per cent for the United Kingdom and France and less than 15 per cent for Germany and the rest from other alliance members.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many", he said. Putin reportedly has been telling Trump that "fake news" and the "deep state" are conspiring against them. "But the United Kingdom certainly has a...they have a lot of things going on", he said to the reporters.

European officials say while USA 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.

Trudeau, who was called "weak" by Trump after the G7 meeting, pledged to boost Canadian troop numbers 540, from around 450 now.

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. "We're being taken advantage of by the European Union", he told reporters.

While Germany's spending is increasing, the country will not reach the target by 2024, instead expecting to boost spending to 1.5 percent by 2025. We pay far too much and they pay far too little. "But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki" on July 16, Tusk said. "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of US$151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!" "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.

Dear President Trump: America does not have, and will not have a better ally than Europe. The two are due to meet in Helsinki on July 16 following Mr Trump's visit to the United Kingdom at the end of the week.

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