Trump bashes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members: Who pays what?

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Tusk, a former Polish premier, addressing Trump directly about his meeting with Putin, said, "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

Member states are bracing themselves for more from the president in person.

Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and overseas about his commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has been a pillar of U.S. security policy for more than half a century. And, the prospect of a less-than-committed USA has thrown some of Europe's military weaknesses into plain view.

And It is not to sugarcoat Trump's gross failure to understand that U.S. power and influence in the world, essential underpinnings of his desire to put "American first", demand that the United States also work effectively with other countries, especially its allies and partners around the world.

President Donald Trump waves as he walks off after speaking with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Washington.

Only eight of the 29 NATO members are expected to reach the target of spending 2 percent or more of their GDP on their armed forces this year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in February.

Trump's attacks on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation come as many European countries express concern about Russia's aggression in the region, especially in the wake of the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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"The president was willing to offer concessions to Kim without getting anything specific or concrete in return", said Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. NATO & US troops in Europe serve our national interests. The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, adding: "Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer.

"I think there will be more give and take but I'm not underestimating the challenges".

'And I have Putin.

European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the U.S. leader on Tuesday.

"So Congress will have to act to get the President of the United States to implement the sanctions against the man that invaded Crimea and meddled in our elections?" The NATO chief said that the Europeans and Canada are projected to spend around US$266 billion more on defence by 2024.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU". 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. Other NATO members are already pushing back, arguing that their commitment to defense is rising and they back U.S. priorities in other important ways. "Who would think? But the United Kingdom certainly has a lot of things going on".

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