From EU's Donald To US' Donald, "Dear Trump, Appreciate Your Allies"

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But he also acknowledged that Trump is right on spending, saying "dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped". In May, he asked: "With friends like that, who needs enemies", frustrated with Trump's attitude toward Europe on trade issues.

Still, Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton defended the meeting, saying that "direct contact between Trump and Putin is in the USA national interest".

First lady Melania Trump looks on as President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, July 10, 2018, in Washington.

Analyst Karlijn Jans of the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies said there have been numerous governmental and independent reports "talking about the dire state of especially European militaries - in terms of how they're able to deploy, if they can work together in the battlefield, communicate with each other".

All major USA intelligence agencies agree that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election with the aim of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton; special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with such efforts.

In a new assessment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending and burden-sharing issues, the Center for Strategic and International Studies called Trump's language "uniquely divisive" and said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members' contributions should be measured by more than simple budget numbers.

Schumer, in a separate floor speech, added that Trump should use the summit in Brussels to "reinforce and build up the transatlantic alliance rather than tearing it down".

"I would like to address president Trump directly who for a long time now has been criticising Europe nearly daily", the former Polish prime minister said.

"There is a communication problem there", he said, adding that the controversial moves could have the adverse effect of making it hard for European leaders to legislate to increase their defense budgets.

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The EU Council leader said pointedly that when Mr Trump did meet Mr Putin on 16 July "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem". The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them.

Tusk's searing criticism further entrenched him as a European leader who has embraced a role as a foil to Trump.

U.S. M1 Abrams tanks fire during the "Saber Strike" NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 11, 2016. Trump also said in the same tweet. "That's a fundamental inconsistency in the pro-NATO position", Mr. Desch said.

Accusations that Russian Federation is trying to destabilize the West with cyber attacks and covert action have laid the ground for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's biggest expansion for decades, backed by a surge in USA defense spending in Europe.

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