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Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries should 'reimburse' United States for defence costs

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries should 'reimburse' United States for defence costs

Trump added that he considered Russian Federation as America's competitor but that getting along with one, be it Russian Federation or China, is "a good thing". Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on Jul 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the United States into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. "I have always liked him", he said, adding he had not spoken with Prime Minister May since Johnson quit.

"European troops have been fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with American soldiers in Afghanistan; 870 fearless men and women sacrificed their lives, including 40 soldiers from my homeland, Poland", said Mr. Tusk. While last June, NATO expected a 4.3 percent spending growth in 2017, the figure was revised in March to nearly 4.9 percent and further to over 5.2 percent in July.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (C) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) sign a new joint declaration on EU-NATO cooperation in Brussels, Belgium, July 10, 2018. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, argued in a statement prior to Trump's visit that Europe spends more on defense than China and Russian Federation, and he urged Trump to "appreciate your allies".

Trump touched down in Brussels aboard Air Force One hot on the heels of a stern warning from the EU's top official that America should "appreciate" its allies. Furthermore, all member states contribute to NATO's overall budget based on their national income, with the U.S. providing about 22% of the budget. The spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them.

"NATO has been able to overcome those differences again and again".

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She said: "We have a tight relationship with our allies in the European Union, yet this government is tearing us away from them just as Trump is making a mockery of our so-called special relationship".

The United States outspends every country on the planet on the military, and its defense spending makes up more than two-thirds of NATO's indirect costs.

Other NATO countries are also expanding their presence in Eastern Europe, with Canada announcing it would extend its military presence in Latvia for another four years. But Trump's more aggressive approach on the issue has some anxious that he will focus on defense spending at the expense of other discussions. "We're being taken advantage of by the European Union", he told reporters.

Mr. Desch, who acknowledged that he is predisposed to opposing the Trump administration, said the president is raising important issues for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

In the aftermath of Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014 and its subsequent military incursion into eastern Ukraine, the Pentagon ramped up joint exercises in eastern and central Europe and spent billions on what it calls the European Deterrence Initiative aimed at Russian Federation.

"The president was willing to offer concessions to Kim without getting anything specific or concrete in return", said Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies.