Trump discusses Vladimir Putin meeting before North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

Indeed, at his first meeting of the day, Trump said the USA will not wait for an expansion in spending "over a 10-year period-they have to step it up immediately". "It's very unfair to our taxpayers".

Trump will have his first standalone summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Monday.

The Nord Stream 2 project-an $11 billion extension of the existing Nord Stream natural gas pipeline by the Kremlin-backed gas giant Gazprom and five European nations-will double Russia's gas export capability to Germany to nearly 250 billion square feet per year.

Trump is reportedly considering imposing sanctions on the five European countries involved in the pipeline project. "You're not dealing with Russian Federation, you're making Russian Federation richer", Trump said. She said Germany could make "independent decisions".

U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before a bilateral breakfast ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2018.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said he hoped Mr Trump would have a positive image of Britain following his visit this week after Mr Trump's remarks on the UK's "turmoil".

"This is a national decision", Stoltenberg said. "We have highlighted the importance of this diversification of supplies to make sure that our energy systems are resilient". "It's not a bad thing, I've said that many times".

Mr Trump was expected to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel later in the day. He's been very, very nice to me.

Trump complimented Stoltenberg, saying "he's worked very hard on this problem". "He may be the only one, but that's OK with me".

The comment did little to reassure allies fretting over his potential embrace of a Russian leader that United States intelligence officials accuse of meddling in the 2016 elections to help Mr Trump win. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Europeans must spend more on defense.

Previous US presidents also urged greater defence spending from European nations. "Germany is totally controlled by Russian Federation".

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European officials have expressed hopes that member states can paper over their differences, but European Union President Donald Tusk delivered a blunt message to the U.S. leader on Tuesday.

Relations between Canada and the USA were dropped into the deep freeze following the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs by the Trump administration - an action that triggered swift, sweeping tariff retaliation from the Liberal government.

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

And he said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies - after all you don't have that many".

Despite that, USA officials told Reuters news agency the president was expected to reaffirm U.S. support for Article 5 of the Nato treaty, which states that an attack against one ally is considered an attack on all members. And I have Putin. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation, getting along with China, is a good thing".

Trump says that his meeting with Putin will be the easiest meeting of his European tour.

Donald Trump speaks to media before leaving the White House for Europe.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that seven out of 27 European members were on course to spend two percent of GDP on defense in 2018: Britain, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Lithuania and Romania. So I think that's inappropriate also'. "Just doesn't work!" he tweeted as he arrived in Brussels late on Tuesday.

The NATO summit is also being attended by leaders of so-called NATO partner states that are not members of the alliance.

In a bid to avoid a row, Stoltenberg replied: "Nato is an alliance of 29 nations and there are sometimes differences... But I am confident we will agree on the fundamentals".

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