Trump says NATO countries should 'reimburse' US for defense costs

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

In comments likely to alarm Mrs May, Trump acknowledged the "turmoil" facing her government but said he was nevertheless looking forward to "an interesting time" when he visits the United Kingdom later this week.

Similarly, earlier on Tuesday the president tweeted, "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

Following the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump is expected to travel to London, where he'll meet with Queen Elizabeth, and then he'll head to Helsinki for his first formal one-on-one meeting with Putin on July 16.

Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation.

Trump ultimately refused to sign on to a joint agreement with the group because he was unhappy with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comments at a closing press conference.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all, you don't have that many", Tusk said.

FRANCE has plans to increase defense spending by more than one third by 2025, sending it well on its way to satisfying the 2 percent goal and earning a stamp of approval from Trump.

As you might expect of the world's only military superpower, the United States pays more than others.

After Putin told Trump that White House advisers were trying to interfere, Trump reportedly called those advisers "stupid people", and told Putin he "shouldn't listen to them".

"I'm going to tell NATO: You've got to start paying your bills".

At the time, Johnson was Mayor of London and said Trump was talking "complete and utter nonsense".

President Donald Trump waves as he walks off after speaking with reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Washington.

When asked about the president's tweets, Hutchison said the US portion of NATO's common funding is capped at 22 percent, but that the USA contributes to other security costs in Europe, where it has military and diplomatic presence.

The European Union is the top export market for the United States at $501 billion (£377.5 billion) in goods and services in 2016, the latest available figures provided by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. And, dear Europe, spend more on your defence, because everyone respects an ally that is well-prepared and equipped.

"I would like to thank President Trump for his leadership on defence spending". The EU hit back with tariffs on products including motorcycles and orange juice.

Tusk also sought to "dispel" the argument that the USA alone protects Europe, noting that Europe was the first to respond on a large scale when the US was attacked on September 11, 2001 and has lost 870 soldiers in the ensuing war in Afghanistan.

In addition to stating that his meeting with Putin could be his "easiest" during his European trip, Trump also wouldn't say whether he considered the Russian leader a friend or foe. The two are due to meet in Helsinki on July 16 following Mr Trump's visit to the United Kingdom at the end of the week.

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