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Ahead of summit, Trump won't label Putin friend or foe

10 Juillet 2018

As he heads to Europe on a week-long trip that will culminate in a meeting with Vladimir Putin, President Trump was asked point-blank how he views the Russian president who attacked America during the 2016 USA elections.

As European Council president, Tusk serves as the chairman when EU leaders meet at summits.

Trump made the comment while addressing reporters before he and First Lady Melania Trump boarded presidential helicopter Marine One.

"The president is going into a situation where most of the countries he will be talking to will not be thinking internationally because they have so many headaches domestically", said Christopher Swift, a national security scholar at Georgetown University. "He smells who is weak and who is strong, and he gets on well with the strong ones", said Robin Niblett, director of the Chatham House, a prominent think tank in London.

"It's going to be an interesting time in the United Kingdom and an interesting time at NATO", Mr Trump told reporters.

"He's been very, very supportive and very nice to me".

This seems fair. By contrast Mr Trump wrongly sees the USA being disadvantaged, not advantaged, by the current global order. "We pay far too much and they pay far too little", he said later on the South Lawn.

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. We spend on defence much more than Russian Federation and as much as China", he added.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison briefs the media ahead of a NATO meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 13, 2018. Stresses faced by the European Union, in major part because of the flow of refugees from the Middle East produced largely by the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, are also major threats to European security and directly benefit Putin.

Since the Cold War era, NATO, an alliance of 29 countries, has worked as a military collective aimed at strengthening North Atlantic defense.

While it's true that the U.S. provides roughly 22% of NATO's budget, this percentage is based off a carefully crafted formula that includes factors such as the size of a member state's economy.

Estimated 2017 defense spending as a percentage of GDP was 1.2 per cent in Germany, Europe's biggest economy. He said that money went towards both U.S. and European security when the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats.

Mr Trump also said the "British people should decide" Mrs May's fate, in what appeared to be a suggestion that she should hold an election over her controversial plans. The deficit actually $101 billion.

Speaking about his upcoming meetings on his European trip, including his first summit with Putin next Monday in Helsinki, Trump told reporters "frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all". Well, a new report reveals another tidbit of information on what President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin talked about during that conversation. As far as I'm concerned, a competitor. The summit also will offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Trump to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea, its support for separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Ahead of summit, Trump won't label Putin friend or foe