Trump says Putin meeting may be ‘easiest’

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Member countries are anxious that Trump will spurn them and threaten to unravel the organization, their fears stemming from the G7 meeting last month.

The president also took aim at the European Union, saying the U.S.is "being taken advantage of" by the economic bloc.

But his trip to Brussels may end up being less controversial, said Dan Michaels, the Wall Street Journal Brussels bureau chief.

And It is not to sugarcoat Trump's gross failure to understand that U.S. power and influence in the world, essential underpinnings of his desire to put "American first", demand that the United States also work effectively with other countries, especially its allies and partners around the world. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted a day before he departs for the summit, which will take place July 11-12 in Brussels.

In reality, the USA share of the commonly funded North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budget is now just over 22 percent, according to the most recent figures from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The organization has in recent years been cleaning up in its act, a strategy that the group will likely tout at the summit to appease Trump. 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.

"Dear president Trump, America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe", Tusk added at an EU-Nato ceremony on Tuesday. "It's not a bad thing, I've said that many times". "It's very nuts and bolts".

If Putin and Trump agree to restore the full complement of diplomatic staff, it would be the symbol of a new start, Reuters said.

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Trump has shown little regard for America's traditional bonds with the Old World, publicly upbraiding world leaders at NATO's new headquarters a year ago for not spending enough on defense and delivering searing indictments of Western trading partners last month at an worldwide summit in Canada.

Mr. Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin, whose country the USA intelligence community has concluded interfered in the 2016 election to help Mr. Trump win.

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. "Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russia and as much as China and I think you can have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security which cannot be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending", Tusk said. On the European migrant problem, the United States has been of zero help under both the Obama and Trump administrations.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies".

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis website says that the European Union had a trade in goods surplus with the U.S.in 2017 of US$151.4 billion - not million.

Trump's visit is expected to attract large protests in London and elsewhere in Britain.

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade". Trump also told reporters last week that he would press the Russian president on election meddling and also discuss Syria and Ukraine during their meeting.

Trump has insisted that he will be "totally prepared" for the meeting with Putin, who on Tuesday he called "a competitor".

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