Trump scolds NATO members days ahead of summit

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

So everyone knows what to expect come Wednesday and Thursday, when Trump and his NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison (who thinks the president is hitting it out of the park, of course) will join our global security allies.

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June. Some U.S. officials expressed their concern about a meeting without any other aides present.

But in March, NATO said that only four nations met that guideline in 2017: the US (3.57 percent), Greece (2.36 percent), Britain (2.12 percent) and Estonia (2.08 percent). Germany has kept defense spending at just 1.2 percent of GDP in recent years. For context, the United States spends a massive amount on defense - 3.61 percent of our 2016 GDP was dedicated to it.

Concerned Democratic lawmakers are likely to howl as Trump barnstorms Europe while criticizing America's oldest allies and sounding a lighter tone on Putin in pursuit of his campaign promise to warm U.S. -Russia relations. It might even backfire.

They might want to increase spending for their own reasons, but they can't do it in a way that it looks like they're responding to Trump.

It also makes sense for Trump to speak with Putin and to be able to tell him he'd like his behavior to change, and that's what he is doing, the ambassador said.

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House Armed Services ranking member Adam Smith said Wednesday it appeared "the president is trying to reorient US foreign policy towards Russian Federation and away from our democratic allies in Europe". 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.

- Weaken the strong relation between the USA and our European allies.

"He's mainly anxious about our allies taking advantage of us".

Amid the controversy over the election, Trump was warned by his advisers not to congratulate Putin on his success.

As much as the president hates North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, he can't just pull out of it. "[National Security] Strategy", which states that "the US remains fully committed to the transatlantic alliance and Europe's defense".

"It really is just Trump". When I served as Nato's supreme allied commander from 2009-2013, we had controversy and disagreements aplenty over Afghanistan and Libya, for example, and endless arguments over equitable burden-sharing between the U.S. and the other allies. And given the script he is executing with North Korea-including a pause on military exercises with South Korea that apparently blindsided not only Seoul but also secretary of defence James Mattis-these fears would appear very justified.

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