NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison: Trump to "encourage" Putin to change behavior

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

(The United Kingdom lost its foreign minister two days before Trump's arrival, and its prime minister may face a vote of no confidence as he departs.) So did decades of European governments agreeing in word, but not in deed, with Washington's calls for stronger shared defenses. These include the seemingly endless mission in Afghanistan (about 25,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops remain there, 15,000 of them from the US); protecting the alliance members in the Baltics from Russian cyberattacks; a plan for approaching the rapidly opening Arctic Ocean (five North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have significant coastlines threatened by an increasingly activist Moscow); and Nato's role in the Middle East.

In the interview Sunday, Flake contrasted Trump's warm words about Putin and other authoritarian figures to his harsher language for United States allies.

Both Trump and Putin have been using bellicose rhetoric about their nuclear arsenals, drawing their countries closer to a new arms race.

It also makes sense for Trump to speak with Putin and to be able to tell him he'd like his behavior to change, and that's what he is doing, the ambassador said. "But right now, we have sanctions against Russian Federation due to their malign influence and the things they're doing that are very disruptive - trying to divide our alliance", Hutchison told "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Totally prepared - I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life. But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.

Hutchison, a former senator, said Russian Federation continues to "sow discontent and even false information" over social media in an attempt to divide allied nations.

"Prior presidents saw America's allies as enhancing US power and really enabling the United States in being the global leader that it has been for so long, especially compared to China and Russian Federation, which have very few allies", said Goldgeier.

Huntsman assured reporters that Trump "knows the facts and the details and he's discussed it". In fact, they're howling already. Well done to our guys, they tried very hard.

But Hutchinson, and the US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, gave upbeat assessments of the upcoming meetings.

"I believe the president is lining us up with an authoritarian dictator, instead of with democracies that promote economic and political freedom", the Washington Democrat told CNN. By contrast, no US president ever had met a North Korean leader. "[National Security] Strategy", which states that "the USA remains fully committed to the transatlantic alliance and Europe's defense". But as the financial crisis hit, many cut military budgets.

While it is in no one's interest to stumble backward into a Cold War, the huge political disconnect between Trump's dislike of Nato's democratic leaders and his frequently expressed admiration for the authoritarian Putin is an enormous discontinuity for the alliance.

The president is not known for studying wonky strategy documents. Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Ultimately, Trump's the boss.

Likewise, the Helsinki summit with Putin will include a one-on-one meeting on Monday July 16, followed by larger meeting with staffs, and then a working lunch between the two sides. Another 26% of Russians think that bilateral relations are frosty (compared to 29% in 2017), and another 9% point to hostility between the two states (compared to 10% in 2017).

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