Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki

Donald Trump berated other Nato leaders on Twitter
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But with the president in attendance, Bremmer argued, it's bound to end in animus, just like the recent G-7 meeting.

Referring to Monday's planned summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Mr Trump added: "And I have Putin". On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union.

Trump, who has also questioned the US military presence in Asia, is challenging those assumptions.

Despite Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine and confirmed election meddling in the US, the president wouldn't say if Putin was friend or foe.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. We pay far too much and they pay far too little. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all", said Trump.

"There's some concern that the optics could be quite problematic", Kupchan says of this week's Europe trip, based on what happened in Canada and Singapore.

"Well, we do have a lot of allies".

Trump alarmed allies during a visit to Brussels a year ago when he did not specifically mention US backing for Article 5, but aides said later that USA support was assumed and did not have to be mentioned.


The US president will have also delighted Mrs May by saying that he might take time during his United Kingdom visit to speak with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who he described as "a friend of mine".

"You can not read this any other way" than looking at whether a USA troop reduction "is a feasible option for punishing them for their apparent lack of will", said Chollet, who was the Pentagon's assistant secretary for global security affairs during Obama's second term.

His blunt remarks came as he signed a joint EU-NATO declaration in Brussels with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Among many other facilities, Germany hosts a US military hospital at Landstuhl, the largest American hospital outside the United States.

Along with trade policies, Trump has been demanding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members increase their defense spending to come into line with a 2014 commitment while complaining that Europe benefits more from the partnership than the United States.

Eight members are expected to hit the 2 percent spending target by the end of this year, and the organization has steadily increased the number of deployable troops, according to Michaels' reporting.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hoped Trump avoided a repeat of his G7 summit in Quebec City, when his demands on reducing trade surpluses with the United States prompted a bitter debate with allies. We will work it out and all countries will be happy.

But he also acknowledged that Trump is right on spending, saying "dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped".

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