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

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

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

The list goes on, and I'm sure Putin will give Trump a big kiss when they get together later in July to work on how to rig our mid-term elections.

The tensions with Trump look all the more stark in the context of a summit that will take important decisions to boost NATO's ability to defend itself from the threat it sees from Russian Federation.

"Even if they hit 2 percent, I don't think it would matter....he just isn't interested in the whole alliance relationship", said Goldgeier.

Huntsman cited Trump's meeting earlier this month with North Korean Kim Jong Un as having "reduced tension on the Korean Peninsula", and said that any reduction in tension with Russian Federation "would be on a much bigger scale".

Germany's defense minister last week rebuffed Trump's twinning of trade and European defense spending. Making things more critical for the countries that express a certain level of concern about U.S. -Russia relations, President Trump will meet President Putin following the end of the term. He has pulled the USA out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles.

Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Putin "will enjoy the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit from the perspective that it embodies further division and fragmentation".

Woody Johnson, Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the president is aware of the planned protests but insisted that Trump "appreciates free speech" in both countries.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June. -South Korean military exercises in return for what may prove hollow North Korean denuclearization promises - will loom large in the Russian president's mind.

"He'll play the long game on this, he'll see this as an investment, as one step down the road toward an. easing of outside pressure", said Bill Burns, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation and deputy secretary of state involved in some of George W. Bush and Barack Obama's summits with Putin.

Administration officials have also said that subjects discussed with Putin would include Syria, where the administration is looking for a political settlement that would allow the withdrawal of US troops there.

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