From EU's Donald To US' Donald, "Dear Trump, Appreciate Your Allies"

Donald and Melania Trump

In an earlier Twitter posting, the president singled out Germany for contributing just 1 per cent, which he said is one-fourth of what the U.S.is spending. "Very Unfair!" he said in a second message.

"Not fair to the US taxpayer", he continued, before again pointing to the USA trade deficit with the European Union. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. The EU did strike back with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

The NATO summit is likely to be dominated by Trump's insistence that member nations step up and pay more for their joint defence. America's allies will pay close attention to his every word and seek strong reassurances that the United States will continue to play a leading role in the critical alliance. "Frankly Putin may be the easiest of them all", he said. "It's very clear, and he's been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security".

Trump, who has compared the sentiment that underpinned the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May.

European officials say while U.S. defence spending makes up 70 percent of combined allied governments' military budgets, just 15 percent of United States expenditure is spent in Europe on NATO-related defence. "We'll see how that goes", he said of the summit with Putin to be held in Helsinki on Monday. He also let USA defense spending fall. In 2017, the U.S.is estimated to have spent more than 68% of the cumulative total. Trump often rails against NAFTA as the worst trade deal ever signed.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Tusk said, before reminding Trump that European troops had fought alongside Americans in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Only Trump's ratifying this United States commitment will get the Russian leader's full attention and reduce any belief Putin may have that he can manipulate Trump to betray Western interests.

Speaking with a gaggle of reporters as he left the White House on Tuesday, Trump was asked if he considered Putin a friend or foe. It was "immature" to link the two topics, Ursula von der Leyen said. 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.

President Trump signaled he was ready for a transatlantic brawl Tuesday as he embarked on a consequential week of global diplomacy, taking aim at vulnerable British Prime Minister Theresa May and suggesting that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin might be easier than talking with Western allies at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit here. And he told supporters at a rally in Montana last week that he had told German leader Angela Merkel, "We're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you. because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you".

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