North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit: EU's Tusk warns president to appreciate allies

This week’s summit in Brussels could expose cracks in the Nato alliance

President Trump is leaving for his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Tuesday morning in an apparent good mood-and happy to take some preemptive shots at the world bloc.

Not only that, but Trump's suggestion that the U.S.is entitled to a "reimbursement" is absurd.

Last year, Trump ruffled feathers by refusing to affirm NATO's Article 5 principle that an attack on one nation is an attack on them all as he scolded other member nations for falling short of the defense spending guideline.

"The president was willing to offer concessions to Kim without getting anything specific or concrete in return", said Jeffrey Rathke, deputy director of the Europe Program at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. -European relations to end the unfair trade practices, and balance-out the transatlantic security cooperation. "On top of this the European Union has a Trade Surplus of US$151 Million with the USA, with big Trade Barriers on USA goods. NO!"

Last month, the USA raised fears of a trade war by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada, Mexico and other U.S. allies. Among many other facilities, Germany hosts a U.S. military hospital at Landstuhl, the largest American hospital outside the United States. On his departure from Washington overnight, the president remarked that he "can't say right now" if Putin is a friend or foe, but he predicted that his first summit with the Russian leader "may be the easiest" of all his meetings in Europe. This is especially valued now, given their own deep internal divisions, which are magnified by the rot in democratic practice in some countries and the damage being done to security and the future of the European Union and Western security caused by Brexit.


"We're being taken advantage of by the European Union".

Donald Trump has risked a diplomatic spat by refusing to back embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"There is a communication problem there", he said, adding that the controversial moves could have the adverse effect of making it hard for European leaders to legislate to increase their defense budgets. So we'll see. We're meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday. He has pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Iran nuclear deal, slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and threatened additional tariffs on products like automobiles.

Tusk, a former Polish premier, addressing Trump directly about his meeting with Putin, said, "It is always worth knowing who is your strategic friend and who is your strategic problem".

"We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade". And it could help promote acceptance of Trump's accurate assertion that the United States and the West must deal with reemergent Russia-despite the prevailing narrative that Trump is Putin's lapdog, which the mainstream media use to try driving Trump from office.

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