Donald Trump says he expects to find United Kingdom in 'turmoil' during visit

Frederick Owens
July 10, 2018

Referring to Monday's planned summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Mr Trump added: "And I have Putin".

Before he left Andrews Air Force Base, President Trump reiterated his demand for the USA to pay less and other members of the Western military alliance to pay more, and he linked the issue to the EU's trade surplus with the US.

Trump's tweet on Tuesday echoed earlier posts on Twitter on Monday and his criticism at a rally of supporters in the United States last week, in which he said that Washington was unfairly carrying nearly all the cost of defending Europe. "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 only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of NY is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump". "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem", he said. That disparity "has been a constant", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says, and has only grown since the US began increasing its defense spending after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk pressed, punctuated with a smiley-face emoticon.

White House officials are said to be afraid the "Trump baby" protest at Westminster may prompt him to lash out.

As of June, only six member countries had met that 2 percent spending goal: the U.K., the United States, Greece, Estonia, Poland and Romania.

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"NATO has not treated us fairly, but I think we'll work something out". European Union officials also say most tariffs on United States goods are already low to zero.

Diplomats fear an acrimonious meeting 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.

He accuses European NATO allies of freeloading, telling a rally this week that they had treated the US like "schmucks". We're being taken advantage of by the European Union.

From tweets to rants at political rallies, Trump has made his grievances about member countries' defense spending known.

But it adds that they will also "submit credible national plans on its implementation" in language that will perhaps please the USA president. He has pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles.

The ties between the US and many of its longest-standing allies have frayed since Trump took office and put his "America first" agenda into practice.

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