King: Trump's Harsh Rhetoric At NATO Summit Threatens To Weaken Western Alliances

Nato forces including US troops take part in Sabre Strike exercise in Poland in June

Nato forces including US troops take part in Sabre Strike exercise in Poland in June

Through it all, possible threats from Russian Federation - and NATO's plans to keep it in check - hung over the summit, as fears in Europe have risen over Putin's increasing assertiveness. "We're supposed to protect you against Russian Federation but they're paying billions of dollars to Russian Federation and I think that's very inappropriate".

Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and US allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties. "We'll see how that goes".

Not much had changed, but the answer to Trump's turnaround lies in three characteristics that shape Donald Trump's role on the world stage.

Trump departs Tuesday on a four-nation tour amid simmering disputes over trade and military spending with fellow Western democracies and speculation about whether he will rebuke or embrace Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a second tweet, the president wrote: "NATO countries must pay MORE, the United States must pay LESS".

At the news conference, Trump sidestepped questions about whether he had threatened to abruptly leave the alliance, and said, "I think I probably can, but that's unnecessary", because, he said, member countries "have stepped up today like they've never stepped up before".

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That saw the 24-year-old Pickford become the youngest England keeper to record a World Cup clean sheet. The approach had earned them dividends against Mexico and South Korea, but England were too good.

"I want to be clear: we're absolutely committed to the protection of our allies and to global peace and security", Trudeau said in Riga, adding that Canadian fighter jets would continue to take part in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air policing mission in the Baltic countries. "I think that's very inappropriate". The United States, which spent $685.9 billion on defense in 2017, now makes up 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP. In the past few weeks, Trump has sent sharply worded letters to the leaders of several European countries, including Germany, Italy and Norway, as well as to Canada, warning that the US was losing patience.

The United States pays 22 percent of NATO's budget, which covers things like offices, salaries and some equipment used in joint operations.

"So all I can do is say, 'Did you?' and 'Don't do it again, ' " Trump said.

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev ...

"A communiqué was issued yesterday", Macron said. "Germany is a rich country ... they could increase [defence spending] immediately, tomorrow and have no problem", he says.

Trump, who later arrived at NATO's new billion-dollar headquarters in his presidential limousine, appeared to substantially overstate German reliance on Russian energy and to imply the German government was funding the pipeline, which Berlin says is a commercial venture.

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Woody Johnson, Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the president is aware of the planned protests but insisted that Trump "appreciates free speech" in both countries.

Trump has already met with Putin twice as president, including a meeting on the sidelines of a summit in Germany that stretched for more than two hours.

Moscow has come under fire for its bloody intervention in the Syrian war and the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

In Kurt Volker, Washington appointed a hawkish special envoy to the Ukraine conflict after Trump's election victory, and went as far as providing military aid to Ukraine, a step Trump's predecessor Barack Obama had shied away from taking. "That was on his watch, not on my watch".

"The allies are going to inform Trump on Putin just as much as his advisers are going to", Jankowicz said.

Meeting his Russian counterpart maybe the most daunting task for the president as he is expected to press Putin on the alleged Russian meddling in USA election issue and also discuss Syria and Ukraine during their meeting.

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De Bruyne doubled Belgium's lead in the 31st minute following a swift counterattack following a Brazil corner. Fernandinho , Marcelo, Paulinho and Willian played in the 2014 loss to Germany.

Asked whether Putin presented a security threat, Trump offered a grudging compliment: "Hey, I don't want him to be".

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