Trump takes off for Europe facing game-changing summits with NATO, Putin

Trump takes off for Europe facing game-changing summits with NATO, Putin

"They will be getting between 60 and 70% of their energy from Russian Federation and a new pipeline, and you tell me if that is appropriate because I think it's not", he continued. And I think you can have no doubt, Mr President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security. The project is opposed by the USA and some European Union members."We're supposed to protect you against Russia and yet you make this deal with Russia", Trump said of Germany.

He has repeatedly urged NATO European members to increase their defense spending.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin in Helsinki on July 16, following the highly-anticipated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, and Trump's state visit to the UK. "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many".

"Many of us are concerned, I certainly am, about the President's ongoing rhetoric that really demeans or ridicules our allies and praises our adversaries", Flake said. "We spend on defence much more than Russian Federation and as much as China", he added.

A look at what’s ahead in the World Cup
Qatar in comparison will be "a city World Cup " and the World Cup is "going to be present everywhere". Croatia has never advanced to the championship match. "We were undermanned in midfield", said Dalic.

In a pointed apparent reference to Mr Trump's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Tusk noted that European military spending "is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian and Chinese spending".

Diplomats fear a rancorous meeting in Brussels could undermine efforts to show unity in the face of the growing threat on the alliance's eastern flank, particularly with Trump set to meet Putin in Helsinki a few days later.

Mr Trump went on to accuse Germany of only spending "a little bit over 1%" of its economic output on defence compared to the 4.2% spent by the United States "in actual numbers".

Trump added, following Tusk's tweet, "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS". "So we're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation, but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation. Explain that. And it can't be explained", Trump said. He told reporters in Washington before leaving that "Frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us", and then later tweeted from Air Force One that he may demand reimbursements from the European member nations.

Related Articles