Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday he - and European allies - are anxious about what "might be promised" at an upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin this month. Far from hitting the two per cent minimum agreed to by all parties as recently as 2014 at the NATO Cardiff summit, Stoltenberg boasted that just eight out of 29 nations were expected to hit the minimum this year and a "majority" were expected to by 2024. Buried in the Post's article, mostly about Trump's relationship with American allies, are two incredibly troubling paragraphs, based off of claims made by senior White House officials.
He said that of the high-stakes meetings of his trip, "Putin may be the easiest of them all".
President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, July 7, 2017. "I think what the president is trying to do is sit down with him and say 'you need to come in a different direction. A competitor", the president said. "So I don't know exactly what he is putting together in that ... but I know that there are many different areas where we are a dual objective", she said. He said that money went toward both USA and European security when the United States regards Russian Federation and China as threats.
"We're being taken advantage of by the European Union. And to say that Putin is a friendlier, easier meeting than with our oldest allies in the world is simply jaw-dropping".
The president sent the tweet as he traveled on Air Force One to Belgium, where he will take part in the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit with other world leaders that is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.
"The US doesn't have and won't have a better ally than the EU".
"Getting ready to leave for Europe".
Some diplomats fear that Trump will threaten to pull troops out of Europe without more spending on defense, despite USA denials.
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. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" he wrote on Twitter.
"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.