European Union official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

  • European Union official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

European Union official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies

Member countries are anxious that Trump will spurn them and threaten to unravel the organization, their fears stemming from the G7 meeting last month. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer.

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

He told Trump to keep in mind European deaths in the conflict in Afghanistan, which North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was pulled into after the United States became the only nation in history to invoke the alliance's collective security provisions following the attacks of September 11, 2001. And it could help promote acceptance of Trump's accurate assertion that the United States and the West must deal with reemergent Russia-despite the prevailing narrative that Trump is Putin's lapdog, which the mainstream media use to try driving Trump from office.

Defence secretary Tobias Ellwood told The Sunday Telegraph: 'Given the US's footprint in Europe and Putin's recent hostile actions much hinges on the outcome of the two summits'.

"We will work it out and all countries will be happy", he said before boarding Marine One.

During a rally last week in Montana, Trump vowed that he would "tell NATO: 'You've got to start paying your bills."' The president also bemoaned that Americans were "the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing". Tusk recalled that the Europeans are spending more than Russian Federation and as much as China on defence. "It's very nuts and bolts".

Responding to criticism from Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, who complained that Trump is "criticizing Europe nearly daily", Trump says the United States is "being taken advantage of" by the European Union.

Donald Trump spoke to reporters just before heading off on his trip to Europe, where he suggested that he's most looking forward to his meeting with Vladimir Putin. "I've said that many times for many years, so we'll see". We're being taken advantage of by the European Union.

Some diplomats fear the president will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite USA denials.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump will be largely kept away from central London.

"Getting ready to leave for Europe". Only Trump's ratifying this U.S. commitment will get the Russian leader's full attention and reduce any belief Putin may have that he can manipulate Trump to betray Western interests. "And to say that Putin is a friendlier, easier meeting than with our oldest allies in the world is simply jaw-dropping".

He says, "I think Putin may be the easiest of them all". But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.