From the Vault: President Trump's first NATO Summit

President Barack Obama also pressured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to increase their defense spending, and it was under Obama's leadership at the Wales summit in 2014 that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reaffirmed a commitment to move towards the 2 percent guideline. "Will they reimburse the USA?" he said in one tweet.

Defense spending among the 29 nations belonging to the transatlantic military alliance increased to an estimated 2.42% of gross domestic product (GDP), up from 2.4% in 2016, the organization said earlier this year.

She said: "We have a tight relationship with our allies in the European Union, yet this government is tearing us away from them just as Trump is making a mockery of our so-called special relationship".

One can not rule out the possibility that Trump lacks the mental capacity to understand the basic form of America's most important alliance. "A competitor", the president said. "No one wants to look like Trump's poodle". "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" Trump said on Tuesday as he left the White House. "The conversation in Brussels could be strained and awkward, and then you [could] have Putin and Trump standing shoulder to shoulder and being buddy-buddy".

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On Nato, President Trump's main objection is that a number of member states have not increased their defence budgets to the target of 2% of economic output. "It would just be once more a transitory verbal tiff, as opposed to a change in policy, which leads to a true weakening of the alliance", says John Herbst, former US ambassador to Ukraine, now at the Atlantic Council. "The United States is not going to take care of everything". Trump has requested closed-door meetings to take place without aides or the media involved.

Asked by DailyMail.com whether Mrs May should continue as PM, Mr Trump said "that is up to the people".

Might a reordering, or even a reduction, of US forces in Europe be in the cards? Trump often rails against NAFTA as the worst trade deal ever signed.

"The notion that America First Trump so obviously supports Brexit and one of its populist proponents is bound to give real pause for a lot of people, who are likely to conclude that if it's that great for the US, then it will be at the expense of the U.K". "There may be crickets chirping when we need something".

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Notwithstanding Trump's grumbles about America shouldering the defence burden of Europe, his administration plans to boost spending to support it. We will work it out and all countries will be happy. "This is a very substantive and meaty summit".

"I have the United Kingdom, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin", Trump said.

When the president put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which affected key trade partners including European countries, he cited national security concerns as his reason.

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