Trump Goes to Europe: Performing Triage

Trump Goes to Europe: Performing Triage

Ahead of his first formal visit to Britain as US President, Mr Trump delivered a damning indictment of Mrs May's government saying it was in "turmoil" and Russian President Vladimir Putin may be less of a problem.

Answering questions on the White House lawn before he and first lady Melania Trump boarded the Marine One presidential helicopter, the president said the United Kingdom "certainly has a lot of things going on". The most high-profile departure so far was that of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who quit the government Monday while criticizing May's plan for a "soft" Brexit that would retain a close relationship with the European Union, saying the proposal would reduce Britain to the "status of a colony".

Other sometimes-adversaries of Trump will be in Brussels as well, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, creating the potential to extend disagreements that upended last month's Group of Seven leaders summit in Quebec. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter. Of course, United States military power is huge, and even 1% of GDP would make it the most potent force in Europe.

It follows from these assumptions that all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members should increase defense spending to at least 2% of GDP, a NATO-agreed goal to be achieved within the next eight years.

They agreed to be "guided" by "considerations" to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense by 2024.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News. In Mr Comey's experience Mr Trump was a leader who demanded loyalty oaths, wanted absolute control, traded in lies and insisted on an us-versus-them worldview. "But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki" on July 16, Tusk said.

In addition to stating that his meeting with Putin could be his "easiest" during his European trip, Trump also wouldn't say whether he considered the Russian leader a friend or foe.

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Although administration officials point to the long-standing alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom, Trump's itinerary will largely keep him out of central London, where significant protests are expected.

"We do have a lot of allies". Separately, the US envoy said she's concerned that Russian Federation is trying to "flip" Turkey and other American allies to its column.

"I really can't say right now", Trump said.

"NATO has not treated us fairly, but I think we'll work something out".

And despite Trump's outward rhetoric, the US contribution hasn't gone down, suggesting that nervousness around the summit may be overplayed, said Michaels. "But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki". "Europe far more than it does the U.S".

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade".

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