Trump heads to Europe to face nervous North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders

Trump heads to Europe to face nervous North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One ahead of the NATO Summit, at Brussels Military Airport in Melsbroek, Belgium. Then's he's off to Britain to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II before heading to Scotland.

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European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday in a message to Mr Trump that "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

"I want to dispel the American president's argument which says that the USA alone protects Europe against our enemies, and that the nearly alone in this struggle", he said.

Responding to Mr Trump's comments, Mrs May's official spokesman said: "This is something that the President has said on other occasions. I get along with her very well, have a very good relationship, that's certainly up to the people not up to me". "The spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Trump wrote.

Mr Trump will make a stop in the United Kingdom after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - although he'll be spending most of his time far from London, where thousands are expected to take to the streets in protest. Trump later tried to play down the squabbling, saying Washington had enough allies, but stressed that it will not let them "take advantage" of the US. They're also anxious about his potential embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki.

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During his first meeting at the group's headquarters in Brussels past year, Trump suggested that members who haven't been paying their fair share should be required to pay back dues.

In office since January 2017, the USA president has been openly critical of many of NATO's practices, with most of his ire focusing on Washington spending relatively more money than other member states.

He said that money helped boost U.S. security, as the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats.

"Today, Europeans (collectively) spend on defence many times more than Russian Federation, and as much as China".

The increase from 1.46 percent of gross domestic product in 2017 underpins a general boost in defense budgets in Europe and Canada over the past four years. "Charge us big tariffs and barriers".

"The UK has itself on a number of occasions urged everybody to work towards meeting that 2% target, which we of course do meet and exceed".

In a conference call with reporters July 10, the US ambassador to NATO, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, tried to allay concerns among allies the United States was backing away from NATO, or from the alliance treaty's Article 5, which stipulates that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.

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