Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Britain is a country in turmoil, says Donald Trump

Britain is a country in turmoil, says Donald Trump

Another point of concern for NATO allies is Trump's planned meeting with Russian President Putin immediately after the summit in Brussels, drawing parallels with Trump's post-G7 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump also compared the United Kingdom unfavourably to Russian Federation, saying that his planned talks with Vladimir Putin next week would be "the easiest of them" in coming days. Since the United States is asking them to do more, the allies also reasonably want more from across the Atlantic, notably classical American alliance leadership.

During a rally last week in Montana, Trump vowed that he would "tell NATO: 'You've got to start paying your bills."' The president also bemoaned that Americans were "the schmucks that are paying for the whole thing".

Trump's seven-day journey begins in Brussels and will take him to England for his first visit there as president, to Scotland for a weekend respite at his private golf course and finally to Helsinki for his tête-à-tête with Putin.

It had previously been reported that Mr Trump had grown frustrated with Theresa May's "school mistress" tone. He has pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles.

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade".

Trump has slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of steel and aluminum imports from China, the European Union, Canada and others, prompting retaliation against U.S. products.

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"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. And, frankly, it helps them a lot more than it helps us.

But NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pointed out that military spending had been rising in Europe since 2014 and members were making efforts to meet the objective, particularly Germany, which is often singled out by Trump for criticism.

Donald Trump is scheduled to be in Brussels by late on Tuesday.

When asked if Putin was a friend or foe, the U.S. president said that he "really can't say right now". "I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which can not be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending", Tusk pressed, punctuated with a smiley-face emoticon.

The hint of USA withdrawal from Europe, while unlikely, indeed seems to have made many countries hike their defense spending. "We are being taken advantage of by the EU".

Mr Trump also said the "British people should decide" Mrs May's fate, in what appeared to be a suggestion that she should hold an election over her controversial plans. Member countries contribute part of their wealth towards defense spending - but Trump says that recently, allies aren't paying their fair share. He also has long criticized Merkel for her 2015 decision to admit more than 1 million asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere, warning that they were a proverbial Trojan horse who could destroy Europe's way of life.

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