European Union council chief to Trump: Respect the allies you have

Speaking as he signed a joint EU-NATO declaration on Tuesday with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Tusk said in a message to Trump that "it is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

But Trump's comments about many allied governments not paying their way in the alliance in exchange for the US umbrella has thrown many summit leaders on the back foot.

Eastern European countries are looking to use the summit to increase the number of troops stationed in their countries as a show of strength towards Russian Federation. Trump to soften his rhetoric.

Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 USA presidential elections, and several high-level investigations are examining the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian officials. "'And it means a lot more to you than protecting us because I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you'".

The powwow with Putin has sparked concerns from US allies, as well as lawmakers on Capitol Hill, that Trump could strike a deal that would include too many concessions to Moscow while antagonizing Europe.

The meeting of Western leaders in Brussels has the potential to turn into another public bust-up following a divisive and bad-tempered summit of G7 nations in Canada in June.

"The main concern is he will spend much of the time berating them on not spending enough on defense" before having "a love fest with Putin, like he did with Chairman Kim", Goldgeier said. "Who would think? Who would think?" the president said outside the White House before his departure.

President Trump called-out European Union member states for their "big tariffs" against U.S. goods Tuesday, saying America loses over $150 billion in "unfair" trade with the EU as he departed for Europe.

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Mr Trump told MailOnline: 'He's been very, very nice to me. A competitor. I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, getting along with others, is a good thing, not a bad thing, ' Trump said. Member nations committed in 2006 to spend two percent of their gross domestic product on defense by 2024, but North Atlantic Treaty Organisation estimates that not all members will meet the target. "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the US, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!"

Trump tweeted on Tuesday, quickly following up that tweet with one accusing the European Union of "making it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe". Other NATO members are already pushing back, arguing that their commitment to defense is rising and they back USA priorities in other important ways.

Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said "that's up to the people".

Tusk also urged European NATO members to spend more on defense, but noted: "Money is important but generating solidarity is more important".

On Tuesday, the alliance said seven out of 27 European members were on track to meet the two percent spending target: Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania.

Jans said it is vital to discuss not just how much countries are spending but if they are doing so in a way that makes them able to work together.

President Trump stressed he intends to remodel the U.S. In this context, Tusk and others seem concerned Putin will take advantage of the fact that Trump is not standing by key USA allies.

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