North Atlantic Treaty Organisation contributions country-by-country

Glen Norman
July 11, 2018

Trump and May will hold bilateral talks before he meets Queen Elizabeth II, who has met every US president since 1952 except Lyndon Johnson. Trump will have his first standalone summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Monday.

President Donald Trump will likely declare USA support forNATO's mutual defense doctrine while pressing for increased spending commitments from NATOallies at a high-stakes summit in Brussels, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. In this context, Tusk and others seem concerned Putin will take advantage of the fact that Trump is not standing by key USA allies.

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16 for their first summit amid an ongoing investigation in the United States into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

"I want to dispel the American president's argument which says that the US alone protects Europe against our enemies, and that the nearly alone in this struggle", he said. "As far as I'm concerned, he's a competitor", Trump responded.

"Dear President Trump: America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe". "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing".

Many members of Congress, including some of Trump's fellow Republicans, have sought to reassure allies nervous about some of Trump's statements, that there is still strong support in Washington for traditional allies like the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

He vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the United States for its defense while blocking U.S. imports into the bloc, the world's biggest market.

"Will they reimburse the USA?" he said in one tweet. And, dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped.

Tusk reminded Trump that the first time NATO's mutual defense clause to assist other members under attack came after the terror attacks on 9/11 and that 870 European troops have fought and died in Afghanistan.

The president touted that the U.S. lost $151 billion past year on trade and slapped tariffs on other countries in an effort towards free and fair trade. The Europeans abhor Trump's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on a part of the world that is supposed to be the United States' partner.

"Wow!" And in multiple tweets, he reiterated a familiar theme, complaining that the USA is shouldering an unfair share of defense costs overseas: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS", he tweeted.

Ms Hutchison expects Mr Trump to ask Mr Putin to stop sanctioning Russian acts of "hybrid warfare". "Not fair to the USA taxpayer", Trump said.

Last month, the United States raised fears of a trade war by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada, Mexico and other United States allies.

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