Trump says meeting with Putin, not North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, may be 'easiest'

People walk outside the entrance of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels

In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all - who would think?"

"This administration seems to treat our allies as adversaries, and treat our adversaries, or potential adversaries, like their friends", Warner said to CNN on Monday.

Trump meets Putin on July 16.

President Trump escorts British Prime Minister Theresa May after their meeting at the White House on January 27, 2017.

In direct costs, the US now pays about 22 percent of NATO's "principal budgets" that are funded by all alliance members based on a cost-sharing formula that factors in the gross national income of each country. "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!" He believes that many of them are effectively getting a free ride, want the USA to take their security more seriously than they do themselves, and are taking advantage of the United States in defense as well as in trade.

Before taking off for Brussels, Trump again chided fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not contributing enough to the alliance while maintaining a trade surplus with the United States, his latest reprimand on issues that are straining transatlantic relations. After all, NATO's main mission is to protect member states against outside threats, and right now one of those biggest threats is Putin's Russian Federation. Some rules are a requirement mandated by the facts of global economics and the irreducible needs of individual countries and societies, including the United States. But Trump's claim that the US pays 90 per cent of NATO's total defense spending isn't corroborated by available data.

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That came after pointed criticism from European Commission President Donald Tusk.

"While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more", he wrote on Twitter. A competitor. I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing, ' Trump said. "Very unfair!" While departing from the White House on Monday, Mr. Trump, however appeared optimistic that a deal would be worked out between the allied nations.

Leaders converged on Brussels fearful of what the combative USA president might say or do to rupture the liberal world order, with some European diplomats privately predicting calamity.

After his outburst at the Group of Seven gathering, Trump is making good on his mission to puncture multilateral institutions and remake the world order in America's interests.

'The president believes that it is important to have a relationship with Russian Federation so that we can talk about the importance of Russian Federation doing better.

But European Council President Donald Tusk issued a stern warning to Mr. Trump in response: "The U.S. doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU". US officials said the two sides this time would be discussing Russian election meddling, Russia's incursions in the Ukraine and involvement in Syria.

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