Associate McCain pointed out Trump how to negotiate with Putin

Glen Norman
July 10, 2018

"I think we'll see more and more countries developing relationships that they think will benefit them in an era when they can't count on the United States the way they used to", said Goldgeier.

The organization has in recent years been cleaning up in its act, a strategy that the group will likely tout at the summit to appease Trump.

"But this prerequisite is now undermined from within - by a couple of illiberal governments in the alliance, and now even by the USA president". "And I said, 'You know, [Chancellor] Angela [Merkel], I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you, and it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you'".

I wrote at the time, and still believe, that Trump was right to meet with Kim.

European allies may be less anxious about how Trump might behave in Brussels than about what he could say or do in his meeting with Putin, whose approval he so appears to crave.

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The transatlantic alliance is to boost its Command Structure by more than 1,200 personnel, and to have 30 mechanized battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat vessels ready to use within 30 days or less through a NATO Readiness Initiative, Stoltenberg said.

NATO, which was founded soon after World War II to counter the influence of the Soviet Union, officially suspended all cooperation with Russian Federation after Putin seized Crimea in 2014.

Still, the USA share of total defense spending by all alliance members in 2017 was an estimated 67 percent, according to inflation-adjusted figures from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

We do however, have a reasonable idea of the issues the two leaders and their aides will have mapped out before the meeting: the areas where they each want something from their counterpart, and the places they are willing to give ground. But Trump's "obsession with it, the constant harping on it, and the exclusive focus on it - that's pretty new", said Goldgeier.

Donald Trump reportedly urged Vladimir Putin to ignore the "stupid people" in his administration who had advised him against not to congratulate the Russian leader on his election victory. Putin's aggressive foreign policy is a threat to both us and our allies. Separately, the US envoy said she's concerned that Russian Federation is trying to "flip" Turkey and other American allies to its column.

The U.S. has been seeking an increased commitment by alliance members to increase defense spending.

Much of the rest of Trump's foreign policy is equally freakish.

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