Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Trump calls Putin competitor before setting off on trip to Europe

Trump calls Putin competitor before setting off on trip to Europe

It is a collective defense organization in which members agree that an attack on one is an attack on all. "The spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them", Mr Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Needless to say, "we're all fine, we're all people" is not Trump's customary approach to the question of locating the shared humanity of all God's creatures. Although it has pledged to increase its budget, it will still only spend 1.5% by 2024. Infographic from PA Graphics.

Germany, Europe's largest economy, now spends 1.24% of GDP on defence.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many", Mr Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said.

This approach to diplomacy with Russian Federation has foreign policy experts anxious, particularly after Russian Federation still stands accused of meddling with the 2016 United States presidential election and being suspected of carrying out a deadly nerve-agent attack in the UK. France (1.79%) and Germany (1.22%) are among those who do not. Yet Trump has shown the ability to lead his base wherever he wants to take it.

A defence spending splurge. The statement would describe U.S.

Mr Tusk also made the point that the United States did not and would not have a better ally than the EU, reminding the president that it was European troops who had fought and died in Afghanistan after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable".

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

The funding area of its website states that the USA accounts for two-thirds (67%) of defence spending of the alliance. "Dear @realDonaldTrump. US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU".

This year, the United States will spend about $36 billion directly on defending Europe, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank.

Why does this matter now?

Trump has said maintaining a strong personal relationship with Putin is in America's interest and has signaled to allies that he trusts his own instincts in dealing with Russia's president. "But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki". We want to protect European citizens with all possible means available, and there is no better partner than North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. There are now around 65,000 American military personnel in Europe, down from several hundred thousand during the Cold War. The budget for the European Deterrence Initiative, put in place after the Russian actions in Ukraine, nearly tripled between 2016 and 2017 and is expected to reach over $6.5 billion by 2019. In 2014, Russia's membership in what was formerly the G8 was revoked after it annexed Crimea.

What has been the reaction?

Trump will meet the Russian leader in the Finnish capital on July 16.

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