Trump Slams NATO Spending on Eve of Departure for Summit

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

At the same time, he declared that "Putin is fine" and that he had been preparing for their summit "all my life".

The document reportedly emphasizes the importance of maintaining a dialogue between the Russian and US heads of state, diplomats, militaries, and intelligence agencies, and calls for closer economic ties and more contact between Russians and Americans. Nevertheless, Trump wrote, he is confident that Kim will "honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake".

"I believe the president is lining us up with an authoritarian dictator, instead of with democracies that promote economic and political freedom", the Washington Democrat told CNN.

The NATO summit in Brussels this week will be one of the most critical meetings of the organization in the post-Cold War period.

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"I think it's wrong to think of this as anything but strengthening the Trans-Atlantic Alliance", said Grenell.

Trump's comments come the day after U.S. NATO Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison said efforts to prod members into increasing their defense spending are finding success. Trump has argued that countries not paying their fair share are freeloading off the US and has threatened to stop protecting those he feels pay too little.

Member countries are anxious that Trump will spurn them and threaten to unravel the organization, their fears stemming from the G7 meeting last month.

Trump has insisted that he will be "totally prepared" for the summit with Putin, saying that he "might even end up having a good relationship" with the Russian strongman.

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Will Trump ignore all of this in pursuit of a new U.S. -Russia alliance?

There are concerns among some world leaders about what Trump could do and say during the meeting, and Trump himself recently criticized allies while offering compliments to Russian Federation and Putin--even suggesting that they be brought back into the group of nations now known as the G-7.

Speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin last March, President Donald Trump criticized his own aides who had tried to prevent the phone call from taking place, according to a report from the New York Times. The summit also will offer Putin a chance to try to persuade Trump to lift some of the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its 2014 annexation of Crimea, its support for separatists fighting the government in eastern Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

As many as 33% of those surveyed said they had positive expectations from the summit, while one percent said that, the outcome of the highly-talked about event would be negative for Russian Federation.

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