European Council President Donald Tusk Has A Stern Warning For Trump

President Donald Trump meets with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

President Donald Trump meets with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington

He also suggested he could find time to talk to his "friend" Boris Johnson, who has just rocked the Government with his bombshell resignation over Mrs May's Brexit plans, and that he would find it easier dealing with Mr Putin than America's European allies.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump has been antagonizing American allies while placating Russia's authoritarian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Trump has repeatedly complained that the USA is left to provide the lion's share of funding for trans-Atlantic defence, as European states fail to meet Nato's target of spending 2% of GDP on the military.

"Donald Trump is signaling that unless he gets his cut of the vig on this thing he's going to walk away on this alliance".

Mr Trump has linked the issue of U.S. military spending to the EU's trade surplus with the United States, complaining that the bloc "makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe" and then "want us to happily defend them through Nato".

Still, key allies Britain and Italy have their own beefs with Europe's leaders in Brussels, and they will more warmly embrace the tough-talking American president.

Responding to Mr Trump's comments, Mrs May's official spokesman said: "This is something that the President has said on other occasions". Privately some European diplomats have been shouting - well, raising their voices - at me in back hallways because of their anger over Mr Trump. "It will be a victory for President Putin". And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russian Federation. He can look to them for support when leaders get down to business Wednesday at the alliance's new headquarters. Others in Europe - like Mr Tusk - are tweeting.

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"It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem", he said, in comments that appeared to allude to Russian Federation.

The president has lashed out at countries that fall short.

Mr Trump has repeatedly undercut the almost 70-year-old alliance, as allies in Europe fret over what further damage can be done.

Britain's summer 2016 referendum saw the leave side prevail by a 52-48 margin - a populist victory combined with Trump's surprise victory in the US presidential race later in the year that sparked upheaval in the global order.

Mr Trump weighed in on British politics too, calling the United Kingdom "in somewhat turmoil" before describing Boris Johnson as a "friend of mine".

"Disparaging long-standing allies at the same time as talking up the country that has wantonly seized territory and redrawn Europe's borders by military force for the first time since World War Two is disconcerting to say the least", said Boudreau. Then, in 2014, they agreed to meet this goal by 2024. "That's a fundamental inconsistency in the pro-NATO position", Mr. Desch said. Germany spends 1.24 percent of its economic output on its military and has pledged to spend 1.5 percent by 2025, still falling short of the minimum 2 percent of gross domestic product that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries agreed to in 2014. The United States spent 3.57 percent of GDP on defense in 2017.

Sitting at the table with the president were Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, Trump defended his public reprimanding of allied countries over their defense spending.

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