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Trump suggests North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members reimburse USA for defense costs

11 July 2018

The US commander-in-chief has a familiar stick to wield: the shortfall in defense spending; or as Trump puts it, allies' refusal to "pay what they owe". "But I am concerned and I know there is concern across Europe about what might be promised". When we take cases to the WTO, we win about 90 percent of them.

"NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, "Putin may be the easiest of them all".

Officials claim that Trump has had several phone calls with the Russian President since taking office, and that the two men often plot worldwide policy together. He said that money went toward both US and European security when the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats.

The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary.

"Well, we do have a lot of allies".

Trump also vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, who he says does not do enough to support the transatlantic alliance and takes unfair advantage of the U.S. on trade.

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"Getting ready to leave for Europe".

In a number of tweets, Trump said it was "unfair" that the USA spent more on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation than other countries, as he claimed America was paying for "90 per cent of Nato". "We lost $151 billion previous year on trade", the president told reporters. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he added.

During a phone call with Mr. Putin in March, when the president was urged by aides not to congratulate the Russian president on his electoral victory, Mr. Trump did just that.

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 USA intelligence community has concluded interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump win.

Tusk reminded Trump that the first time NATO's mutual defense clause to assist other members under attack came after the terror attacks on 9/11 and that 870 European troops have fought and died in Afghanistan.

"The US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU". They're also anxious about his potential embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki.

"It will become increasingly hard to justify to American citizens why some countries continue to fail to meet our shared collective security commitments", Trump said in a letter addressed to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg seen by Bloomberg News.

Trump suggests North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members reimburse USA for defense costs