Trump Presses Germany Spending and EU Trade Deficit Ahead of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

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Trump also said while the United States dedicates the bulk of the funding to the 69-year-old organization, Europe gets a lot more out of it than America. One official who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity said "we're entering with our eyes wide open" but "the ball really is in Russia's court" when it comes to changing their behavior. "They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.

"There are great concerns in the alliance about what agreements Trump and Putin could reach", Beyer told the Funke Mediengruppe.

Then there's the long shadow cast by Vladimir Putin, and fears in some allied capitals at what Trump might offer the Russian leader at their summit in Helsinki next Monday.

In May, the World Trade Organization (WTO) sided with the USA on the issue of the European Union breaking WTO rules with subsidies to airplane manufacturer Airbus. Totally prepared - I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life. Instead of denouncing that denial, Trump appears to sympathize with it. "Russia continues to say they had nothing do with Meddling in our Election!" USA 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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Hutchison, a former senator, said Russian Federation continues to "sow discontent and even false information" over social media in an attempt to divide allied nations.

Second, Putin will blame all of the problems in U.S. -Russia relations on Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. He knows the facts and the details and he's discussed it.

What we are trying to do is work with the German government, to work with the German CEOs, I'm working closely with Secretary [Wilbur] Ross and the White House to try to have that conversation which I think is a healthy conversation to say what would it take to get to zero? In fact, they're howling already.

"The United States is spending far more on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation than any other Country". "I'm very concerned President Trump can't help but try to please another autocrat at the expense of our democracy". By contrast, no USA president ever had met a North Korean leader.

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"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us". But as the financial crisis hit, many cut military budgets.

The president is not known for studying wonky strategy documents.

Ultimately, Trump's the boss.

The planned summit between Trump and Putin is set for July 16th. They'll have to, as always, hastily craft policies for whatever the boss might agree to - or reject - in Europe.

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