Donald Trump goes to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in strong position

U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of stat

U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past during a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of stat

And It is not to sugarcoat Trump's gross failure to understand that USA power and influence in the world, essential underpinnings of his desire to put "American first", demand that the United States also work effectively with other countries, especially its allies and partners around the world.

With the established global order on shaky footing, President Donald Trump's weeklong trip to Europe will test already strained bonds with some of the United States' closest allies, then put him face to face with the leader of the country whose electoral interference was meant to help put him in office. "This is not fair, nor is it acceptable", Trump wrote in a July 9 tweet.

"The president is going into a situation where most of the countries he will be talking to will not be thinking internationally because they have so many headaches domestically", said Christopher Swift, a national security scholar at Georgetown University. The president took shots at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation earlier today on Twitter, but he made a decision to get in a few more comments in about how the organization supposedly takes advantage of the U.S.

"America, appreciate your allies - after all, you don't have that many".

In an earlier Twitter posting, the president singled out Germany for contributing just 1 per cent, which he said is one-fourth of what the U.S.is spending.

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.

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

The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis website says that the European Union had a trade in goods surplus with the U.S.in 2017 of US$151.4 billion - not million. United States doesn't have and won't have a better ally than EU.

"We spend on defence much more than Russian Federation and as much as China".

"The main concern is he will spend much of the time berating them on not spending enough on defense" before having "a love fest with Putin, like he did with Chairman Kim", Goldgeier said.

"On top of that, we $151 billion on trade with the European Union".

At one point, Trump was asked if Putin should be considered a friend or foe. "It's very clear, and he's been very direct about the Europeans needing to do more for their own security".

All together, the 29 alliance members spent an estimated $917 billion on defense in 2017, and the US portion was about $618 billion.

The meeting will be closely watched to see whether Trump will rebuke or embrace Putin, who has repeatedly denied the allegations of election meddling, in spite of evidence to the contrary. 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.

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