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North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to reinforce Russia's threat in talks with Trump, Trudeau says

11 July 2018

In the next Multi-annual Financial Framework, the European Commission proposes increasing defence and security spending to 27.5 billion euros - that would take up 2.4 percent of the total MFF budget. Trump left that meeting without signing the joint statement from the seven nations and antagonizing important USA allies, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump, however, is referring to so-called indirect spending, which is the amount that the US and other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries willingly spend on their own defense budgets.

"We do have a lot of allies, but we can't be taken advantage of", he said.

The president touted that the U.S. lost $151 billion previous year on trade and slapped tariffs on other countries in an effort towards free and fair trade.

"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 USA, then it will be at the expense of the U.K".

The European Council President appealed to Mr Trump to remember who his allies are as the USA leader prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Wow!" And in multiple tweets, he reiterated a familiar theme, complaining that the U.S. is shouldering an unfair share of defense costs overseas: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS", he tweeted. "The United States has always viewed its network of alliances as a net plus for American security and America's role in the world", explains Goldgeier, "and American leadership and has always seen the network of alliances as an advantage in its competition with countries like China and Russian Federation that have very few allies".

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

Might a reordering, or even a reduction, of US forces in Europe be in the cards? It is not a protection scheme where the allies pay the United States.

Responding to criticism from Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, who complained that Trump is "criticizing Europe nearly daily", Trump says the United States is "being taken advantage of" by the European Union. "There may be crickets chirping when we need something. And this is really where the "America First" moniker is truly America alone".

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. "This is a very substantive and meaty summit". After all, NATO's main mission is to protect member states against outside threats, and right now one of those biggest threats is Putin's Russian Federation.

When the president put tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which affected key trade partners including European countries, he cited national security concerns as his reason.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to reinforce Russia's threat in talks with Trump, Trudeau says