United Kingdom in turmoil, says Trump, won't back May

Erika Holt
July 11, 2018

In this context, Tusk and others seem concerned Putin will take advantage of the fact that Trump is not standing by key U.S. allies.

"In normal times, a president of the United States would rally the allies, develop a unified approach, and go with a strengthened hand to negotiations with the president of Russian Federation, rather than reducing his own leverage" former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deputy secretary general Alexander Vershbow said to The Times.

He also brushed off Tusk's warning about alienating American allies. "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.

A senior European Union official lashed out on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) at President Donald Trump, lambasting the United States leader's constant criticism of European allies and urging him to remember who his friends are when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.

Trump says that his meeting with Putin will be the easiest meeting of his European tour. "Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all".

Trump, who said he has not spoken with May since the resignations, described Johnson as a "friend of mine" and said he might speak with him during the trip.

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On his own trip to the U.S. earlier this year, Johnson said that Trump could be eligible for a Nobel peace prize if he pulls off a nuclear disarmament deal with North Korea. Imports totalled $592 billion, leading to a $92 billion goods and services trade deficit with the European Union, according to the trade office's data. "Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!" According to European Union statistics, the EU's trade surplus in 2017 was $140bn (€120bn; £106bn). "Europe far more than it does the US".

Trudeau, who was called "weak" by Trump after the G7 meeting, pledged to boost Canadian troop numbers 540, from around 450 now.

"I'm going to tell NATO: You've got to start paying your bills".

On NATO's old foe Russian Federation, the administration has sent mixed messages by intensifying a USA military build-up in Europe while railing against fellow NATO members on defense spending and failing to coordinate on new sanctions on Moscow in 2017.

When asked about the president's tweets, Hutchison said the US portion of NATO's common funding is capped at 22 percent, but that the USA contributes to other security costs in Europe, where it has military and diplomatic presence. -European relations to end the unfair trade practices, and balance-out the transatlantic security cooperation.

Last month, the president even wrote letters to a handful of European countries, urging them to up their defense commitments. "There has been this tension, which has been a long-running factor ... but I'm pretty positive on the relationship overall", the State Department official said.

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