Flake: 'Concern' about what Trump might promise Putin

Erika Holt
July 9, 2018

Green groups including Friends of the Earth Europe also attended the demonstration, posting on Twitter, "We refuse to normalize Trump's politics". 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.

"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.

Regional experts have questioned the success of the Trump-Kim meeting, in which the president agreed to suspend USA military exercises with South Korea but appeared to get little in return. "And that's fine. Of course, they kill us on trade".

According to Pew Research Data, more than 60,000 USA troops are now stationed in Europe, including 35,000 in Germany, 12,000 in Italy, 8,500 in Britain, and 3,300 in Spain, with thousands more rotating into other European countries as needed. Trump asked Putin in a November phone call, according to one senior official. Like numerous officials and diplomats quoted for this story, he asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

Many U.S. troops are there to do more than protect those countries.

Beyer said Trump's recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore had fuelled concerns that Trump would let Putin "put one over on him", in Helsinki.

On whether that land will be handed over to Putin, Blunt said, "I would hope not".

"It came as shock. The United States is not going to take care of everything", Trump said. "We are stuck without USA leadership".

Fifteen members of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are on track to meet the pledge to spend two percent of their GDP on defense by 2024, and "every one of our allies - 100 percent - are increasing defense spending, so that's something we will talk about as an achievement, but we have to do more", she added.

She said she expected unanimous agreement among NATO's 29 members on proposals to reform the alliance command structure, increase readiness for possible threats from Russian Federation on NATO's eastern flank, add a new training mission for Iraq and increase counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

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On defense, Europe and Canada have tried to show they are responding to Trump's demands.

It comes as nations, especially in Eastern Europe, are lobbying the United States to increase the number of troops on the continent as they worry about combating an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation.

Hutchison said the US would continue to "stand behind" the Ukrainian people when asked about Mr. Trump's recent comments about the Russian annexation of Crimea. "In fact, Putin went as far as telling the President that the 'deep state" is conspiring against them both.

"He's making an impact, and the Europeans, including [German] Chancellor Angela Merkel, have said 'we need to do more, we are going to do more - it's the right thing to do", she added.

One senior U.S. State Department official said Trump's foreign policy closely hews to Republican thinking in Washington and that tensions had been high for some time.

"These are our closest allies and we really appreciate their support".

Trump's May 8 decision to pull out of Iran accord was a severe setback that has led to talk among EU officials of an "existential moment" in European diplomacy.

The White House declined to say if and how Trump might punish the countries.

That leaves the European Union seeking other alliances, including closer ties with Japan and help from Moscow and Beijing to keep money connected to the nuclear deal flowing to Tehran.

"If we are talking about the trend, then in the face of it, it can not but worry us", Zakharova said, according to state news agency RIA Novosti. "We all talk about it a little differently", he said, "but the president has talked about it in his own way".

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