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EU’s Tusk criticizes Trump over attitude on European allies

10 Juillet 2018

Donald Trump has waded in to the chaos engulfing British politics, saying that the United Kingdom is in "turmoil".

Speaking on the White House lawn as he prepared to board his Marine One helicopter ahead of a week-long trip to Europe, the President dispensed with diplomatic niceties as he waded into the issue of May's Cabinet troubles.

Khan said: "Are you honestly saying the right to limited by the ridicule it may cause someone?"

NATO boss Stoltenberg has even warned against EU members turning their back on NATO with the new continental single-military, remarking in December: "There has to be coherence between the capability developments of NATO and the European Union". In 2014, Russia's membership in what was formerly the G8 was revoked after it annexed Crimea. 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.

"I want to dispel the American president's argument which says that the USA alone protects Europe against our enemies, and that the nearly alone in this struggle", he said.

At the same time, he declared that "Putin is fine" and that he had been preparing for their summit "all my life".

When asked whether May agreed with Trump's assessment, the spokesman said he hoped Trump would have a positive view of Britain after his visit which starts on Thursday.

After Putin told Trump that White House advisers were trying to interfere, Trump reportedly called those advisers "stupid people", and told Putin he "shouldn't listen to them". But Trump's claim that the USA pays 90 per cent of NATO's total defense spending isn't corroborated by available data. Separately, doubts about Trump's commitment to European security have pushed EU leaders to boost defense cooperation. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.

Trump was less forthcoming about his support for Theresa May, however.

The President also called former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson - who resigned Monday - "my friend" - just days before he is due to meet with Mrs May during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president. Trump is expected to participate in a one-on-one meeting with Putin in Finland next week.

He told journalists: "So I have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, I have the United Kingdom which is in, somewhat, turmoil and I have Putin". Trump still is angry the allies don't beef up their individual military budgets.

Responding to questions from reporters, Trump said he couldn't say if Putin is a friend or foe, but that he is a competitor.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16. Trump has dismissed those probes as nothing but a "witch hunt".

The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary.

EU’s Tusk criticizes Trump over attitude on European allies