Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

'Appreciate your allies, you don't have many:' EU's Tusk to Trump

'Appreciate your allies, you don't have many:' EU's Tusk to Trump

"We pay far too much and they pay far too little", he said later on the South Lawn. Mr. Trump tweeted early Monday. However, many members pitch in far less than that figure, while the USA puts in more than 3 percent of its GDP.

The ties between the USA and many of its longest-standing allies have frayed since Trump took office and put his "America first" agenda into practice.

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, urging increased defense spending and warning that the USA was losing patience.

Speaking to journalists as he set off for a Europe, Mr Trump said there were a "lot of things" going on in the United Kingdom at the moment and the country seemed to be "somewhat in turmoil".

The European council president, Donald Tusk, said: "Dear America, appreciate your allies".

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Writing on Twitter, Mr Trump said: "Getting ready to leave for Europe".

"On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of $151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on US goods".

Mr. Trump, who has compared the Brexit vote to leave the European Union to his own election, will be making his maiden presidential trip to Britain at a fraught time for May.

But the one key requirement for Trump at Brussels-full-throated adherence to Article 5-is about the best we can hope for. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union.

Asked by whether Mrs May should continue as PM, Mr Trump said "that is up to the people".

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Since moving into the White House nearly 18 months ago, the US president has been as abrasive with some of America's most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North Korea and Russian Federation. "It's very clear, and he's been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security".

Trump has insisted that he will be "totally prepared" for the meeting with Putin, who on Tuesday he called "a competitor".

That Trump will be meeting with Vladimir Putin nearly immediately thereafter, however, has North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations taking a lot more notice, and diplomats predicting Trump will make threats to redraw the security landscape in Europe if North Atlantic Treaty Organisation doesn't give him what he wants.

Germany's defense minister last week rebuffed Trump's twinning of trade and European defense spending. But plans for a full-fledged summit had been delayed amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional probes into whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian Federation to help Trump win the election.

-With assistance from Tony Capaccio, Richard Bravo and Nikos Chrysoloras.

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