Trudeau Has Tough Words For Trump About President's Meeting With Putin

Trudeau Has Tough Words For Trump About President's Meeting With Putin

Trudeau Has Tough Words For Trump About President's Meeting With Putin

Also, Russia's aggression in seizing Crimea and its military actions in other parts of Ukraine require a substantial North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military buildup, without which Putin is highly likely to push Russian military forces further westward, including into the Baltic states (formal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies) and perhaps also northern European neutrals (Finland and Sweden).

The alliance invoked that concept after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the USA and deploys global forces alongside US troops in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

Trump made the comment while addressing reporters before he and First Lady Melania Trump boarded presidential helicopter Marine One.

During a rally last week in Montana, Trump vowed that he would "tell NATO: 'You've got to start paying your bills."' The president also bemoaned that Americans were "the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing". Contact with him by the USA president during his visit would be seen by many as an insult to May.

"While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more", he wrote on Twitter.

Yet NATO's continued ability to protect its member states and bolster global stability can not be taken for granted.

During the president's seven-day tour through Europe, he plans to stop in Helsinki on July 16 for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last year, Trump ruffled feathers by refusing to affirm NATO's Article 5 principle that an attack on one nation is an attack on them all as he scolded other member nations for falling short of the defense spending guideline.

Estimated 2017 defense spending as a percentage of GDP was 1.2 per cent in Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

Members signed on to the two percent benchmark in 2014 at the NATO Summit in Wales in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

However, allies seem more concerned by Trump's approach than his predecessors'. They were the US, Greece, Britain and Estonia.

Woody Johnson, Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the president is aware of the planned protests but insisted that Trump "appreciates free speech" in both countries. Being engaged in the outside world and working with others according to widely agreed rules of the road, even if they need reforming, is not a choice. Not fair to the US taxpayer. He may have had political reasons for tying trade to security: It allowed him to bypass Congress as he imposed the tariffs.

The official agenda includes a plan for increasing the number of land, air and sea forces capable of reacting quickly in a European crisis, but overshadowing it are tensions generated by Trump's view that the Europeans are slackers leaning unfairly on the U.S. military. Yet Trump has shown the ability to lead his base wherever he wants to take it.

But, given a general wariness towards Russian Federation among American voters and Congressional lawmakers, Trump is unlikely to concede too much to Putin, said Michaels.

He said: "The UK certainly have a lot of things going on".

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