Trump says Putin may be easiest meeting of European trip

Republicans once ran on protecting Americans from Russia. Then Trump happened

Republicans once ran on protecting Americans from Russia. Then Trump happened

Speaking outside the White House as he prepared to board his Marine One helicopter, Trump said: 'That is up to the people, ' when asked if Mrs May should remain in her job.

The hint of US withdrawal from Europe, while unlikely, indeed seems to have made many countries hike their defense spending.

In office since January 2017, the USA president has been openly critical of many of NATO's practices, with most of his ire focusing on Washington spending relatively more money than other member states.

Trump's Twitter post on Tuesday echoed those 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. President Trump will then travel to Helsinki, Finland, to take part in a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The United States is not going to take care of everything", Trump said at a recent campaign rally in Montana.

Trump on Tuesday wouldn't say if Russian Federation was a friend or foe.

"I really can't say right now", Trump said. "As far as I'm concerned, he's a competitor", Trump responded.

He adds: "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing".

"It's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO", Trump said Tuesday morning as he headed to Brussels. "We've had violent falling outs over Libya, Iraq in 2003, but it's qualitatively different as in that the biggest of the allies doesn't just have disagreements with us, but actually seems willing to walk away", Valasek said. But we can not be taken advantage of. "But the United Kingdom certainly has a...they have a lot of things going on", he said to the reporters.

The eight countries to achieve or exceeed the 2% mark are Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, the U.S. and the UK.

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and USA heads of state, diplomats, militaries, and intelligence agencies, and calls for closer economic ties and more contact between Russians and Americans.

In Europe this year, four countries will meet the 2 percent target - compared with three last year - and another two nations will reach it if the figures are rounded up to one decimal place.

"In the months ahead, we will step up our cooperation on military mobility, which is essential to our deterrence and defense".

Some analysts say Trump's expectations for how fast North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can ramp up military funding are unrealistic. In 2018, France will spend 1.81 percent of its GDP on defense.

While defense spending has increased across the alliance, Trump says not enough has been done.

"We are committed to Article 5". That is why we have agreed today to strengthen EU-NATO ties in crucially important areas. They can do better but they're not, ' she said.

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