North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders fear Trump crisis at key summit

Donald Trump leaves for European tour

Trump, who has compared the sentiment that underpinned the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May.

"Many of us are concerned - I certainly am - about the president's ongoing rhetoric that really demeans or ridicules our allies and praises our adversaries", Flake said.

During a phone call with Mr. Putin in March, when the president was urged by aides not to congratulate the Russian president on his electoral victory, Mr. Trump did just that.

Yet the risk of a blowup is all the greater given Trump's habit of conflating defense spending with trade surpluses, a gripe that puts Angela Merkel and Justin Trudeau firmly in his sights.

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Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday he - and European allies - are anxious about what "might be promised" at an upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin this month. The U.S.is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. "Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many". When we take cases to the WTO, we win about 90 percent of them.

Before taking off for Brussels, Trump again chided fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not contributing enough to the alliance while maintaining a trade surplus with the United States, his latest reprimand on issues that are straining transatlantic relations. "In fact, Putin went as far as telling the President that the 'deep state" is conspiring against them both. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. "And to say that Putin is a friendlier, easier meeting than with our oldest allies in the world is simply jaw-dropping".

President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, July 7, 2017. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" the President tweeted on Tuesday before six in the morning. In the past few weeks, Trump has sent sharply worded letters to the leaders of several European countries, including Germany, Italy and Norway, and also to Canada, warning that the USA was losing patience. European Union officials also say most tariffs on USA goods are already low to zero.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.

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