Donald Trump blasts NATO alliance ahead of summit, meeting with Vladimir Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of stat

"By some accounts, the U.S.is paying for 90% of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation with many countries nowhere close to their 2% commitment", Trump claimed Monday in a Twitter posting. But Trump's claim that the US pays 90 per cent of NATO's total defense spending isn't corroborated by available data. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump tweeted a day before he departs for the summit, which will take place July 11-12 in Brussels. "While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more".

The ties between the USA and many of its longest-standing allies have frayed since Trump took office and put his "America first" agenda into practice.

So everyone knows what to expect come Wednesday and Thursday, when Trump and his NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison (who thinks the president is hitting it out of the park, of course) will join our global security allies.

This disdain for USA allies is essentially the beating heart of much of Trump's foreign policy, it seems.

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Tusk, who chairs European Union leader summits, is a former Polish prime minister from the centre-right Civic Platform party, which takes a staunch pro-US line in foreign policy.

But the one key requirement for Trump at Brussels-full-throated adherence to Article 5-is about the best we can hope for. "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of US$151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!" Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all who would think? "It's very clear, and he's been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security".

Trump had also invited Putin to the White House, which would be the first such visit since 2005, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said to Russian journalists in April.

Mr. Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will continue with a stop in Scotland before ending with a sit-down in Helsinki with Putin, whose country the US intelligence community has concluded interfered in the 2016 election to help Mr. Trump win.

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The German federal budget forecast suggests multibillion increase in defense spending for 2019.

"We spend on defence much more than Russian Federation and as much as China".

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade". Only Trump's ratifying this USA commitment will get the Russian leader's full attention and reduce any belief Putin may have that he can manipulate Trump to betray Western interests.

On another front, Trump has connected the defense issue with trade, criticizing Europe for a $150 billion trade surplus (though it can also be calculated as $100 billion) and trade barriers.

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"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said in June.

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