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Trump Is Training His Base to Hate NATO and Like Putin

11 July 2018

In a call with reporters on Thursday, U.S. ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison said the defense spending pledge would be the president's top priority in Belgium. But with the president in attendance, Bremmer argued, it's bound to end in animus, just like the recent G-7 meeting. "We are being taken advantage of by the EU".

"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".

In a couple of tweets on Monday, he said "NATO benefits".

"The meeting tomorrow will be an opportunity for all of our countries to rededicate ourselves to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to demonstrate that it's actually important, that it actually does important things, and that the collection of values and rules that it was brought in to defend 75-plus years ago are just as relevant today as they ever were", Trudeau said. Frankly Putin may be the easiest of them all, who would think.

'We do have a lot of allies.

Of course this can't be making our European allies happy.

Trump has always been spoiling for a fight on the issue of defense spending.

"Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don't have all that many".

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"You can not read this any other way" than looking at whether a US troop reduction "is a feasible option for punishing them for their apparent lack of will", said Chollet, who was the Pentagon's assistant secretary for worldwide security affairs during Obama's second term.

And while she noted the "emphasis on burden-sharing", Hutchison focused on the fact that "every one of our allies - 100% - are increasing defense spending" and noted that United States allies are "on track to make the 2% pledge" regarding defense spending as a proportion of GDP.

Asked whether Mrs May should be replaced as prime minister, the U.S. president replied: "Well that's up to the people".

With his escalating complaints that the United States contributes more than its fair share to defense, and vague threats to countries that do not spend more, Trump is diluting the alliance's appearance of unity, say diplomats and analysts.

The White House is already telegraphing success for this week's summit and sounding an optimistic tone about the member countries' ability to work together.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he hoped Trump avoided a repeat of his G7 summit in Quebec City, when his demands on reducing trade surpluses with the United States prompted a bitter debate with allies.

Asked if he views Putin as a friend or foe, the president said "I really can't say right now" and instead characterized him as "a competitor".

Trump Is Training His Base to Hate NATO and Like Putin